Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

We assist Foster, Kinship, Adoptive and Guardianship parents with resources that can make your role easier.

The MRPA Mission

Our Mission is to provide support service to all Resource Families in the state of Maryland. Membership in the Association shall be open to all Resource Parents.

MRPA supports foster, adoptive, kinship and guardianship parents all across the state of Maryland.

Whether you are a current resource parent, a prospective resource parent, or a child welfare professional, MRPA is there to support you.

We realize it takes all of us working together to give children in need a stable, loving family.

In the Know: Resource Parent News

MRPA Community News

Maryland CASA Association 14th Annual Conference on Child Well Being

  Conference Registration Now Open! Date: Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21, 2020 Location: NEW Maryland Judicial Center in Annapolis, Maryland!  187 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Theme: Reimagining Foster Care Conference Website DAY ONE...

CBS News This Morning: New Federal Program for Young Adults Aging out of Foster Care

New federal program helps young adults aging out of foster care: "Who would think that I would go to college?" Every year, more than 20,000 teenagers age out of the foster care system. Within four years, about 5,000 of them are homeless. A new federal program called...


RESOURCE PARENT SPRING CONFERENCE: Registration now open! Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:00am-4:00pm Chesapeake College, 100 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679 REGISTER HERE Please join the Maryland Resource Parent Association, Department of Human Services, and the...

Throwaway Kids – Part One of Six Star investigation reveals stark outcomes for America’s foster care children (A Kansas City Star Article)

Quote from the article: He still has the last name of a woman who adopted him in grade school — then gave him back. From the time he was 3 until he turned 14, Dominic Williamson was bounced to 80 different foster homes. When he turned 18, he found himself alone and...

A Letter from Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW Executive Director, Social Services MD Dept of Human Services

MRPA would like to share the following letter from Ms. Jones Gaston with our Resource Families. November 1, 2019 Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,  It is bittersweet to pen this letter as I depart from the Maryland Department of Human Services Social Services...

MRPA Event Announcements Now on Facebook!

Breaking News! We will now be posting all upcoming events for the MRPA and notifications for events held by associated organizations on our Facebook page! Be sure to like our page to receive notifications as new Events and Trainings are posted. Note that you can also...

Ready by 21 Manual

From Sam Macer, Education Committee, Chair Every resource parent with a youth 14 years and older should have the Ready by 21 Manual. Early in 2018 MRPA will be asking for your input to develop a Ready by 21 Manual specifically focusing on our needs to provide care for...

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Resources for Parents

The MRPA is a member of the Maryland Charity Campaign. Learn more here.