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.

News and Info Related to the MD DHS

MD DHS Resource Parent Survey
(Responses are Now Closed)

Active Licensed Foster Parents Only: Please Complete the Survey by April 30th!

Survey Goals

The Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration (DHS/SSA) is striving to increase authentic partnerships between staff, resource parents, and biological parents to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children. DHS/SSA is partnering with the Maryland Resource Parent Association (MRPA) to support this effort in local jurisdictions.

With assistance from the Capacity Building Center for States (CBCS), DHS/SSA & MRPA developed a survey in SurveyMonkey to gather information from Resource Parents about their thoughts and experiences with state and local resource parent associations. The survey also asks what resources and supports Resource Parents need and find most helpful.

DHS/SSA & MRPA asks Resource Parents what their perception is of how well DHS/SSA is accomplishing its goals for resource parents in MD. A summary of the survey results will be posted on the MRPA website by May 30, 2020.

Responses will help the DHS/SSA & MRPA workgroup develop strategies to better support resource parents, statewide and locally. This survey is anonymous, and responses will be confidential. The 20-item survey should only take about 6 minutes.

May 2020 is Foster Care Month in Maryland!

Watch here and on our Facebook page for announcements about the winners of the 2020 Resource Parent(s) of the Year Awards!

  • To see the original post with program details, click here.
  • To see all of the featured Foster Parents as they are posted, click here.

COVID-19 News That Impacts Resource Families

What To DO With Those Kids!?

MRPA Executive Director Arnold Eby joins Irene Clements in  a discussion with Rhonda Sciortino on the topic, ‘What To DO With Those Kids!’ during the COVID19 self isolation.

Links to Important Updates & Articles

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

Barnosky Bike Shed – Bike Donations Info

Bike Donations MRPA would like to share this wonderful bike donation program for children in foster care. To learn more or to contact Barnosky Bike, please see their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/TheBarnoskyBikeShed The following is taken from their Facebook...

National Foster Care Month, Day 21

As the Executive Director of the Maryland Resource Parent Association, I get the privilege to work alongside many dedicated resource families and staff who are committed to the children of Maryland. Everyday this caring group of individuals give tirelessly of...

Loyola University Study Invitation: Sleep Health among Children in Foster Care

MRPA would like to share this opportunity to take part in a study being sponsored by Loyola University. Their invitation follows.   We are conducting a research study, Sleep Health among Children in Foster Care, to better understand the sleep health and behaviors of...

Resource Parent Survey – Licensed Foster Parent Responses Requested!

The Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration (DHS/SSA) is striving to increase authentic partnerships between staff, resource parents, and biological parents to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children. DHS/SSA is...

MD Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) Video Appointments

        Even though we are all social distancing, there is still assistance available if you need it for correctly installing car seats! Sign up for a video appointment, and keep your child safe in the car when you're on the road! Book Your...

NFPA Conference Update 4/8/2020

CONFERENCE UPDATE The National Foster Parent Association's Board of Directors has announced the cancellation of this year's NFPA Annual Education Conference scheduled for June 18 - 21, 2020. The NFPA Annual Conference has built a reputation as one of child welfare's...

NBC News Article Featuring MRPA Executive Director Arnold Eby: Foster kids who can’t visit parents are struggling under coronavirus isolation, advocates say

"It's difficult to help them understand what's going on," a foster father said. "Sometimes even we don't understand." Read the full article HERE.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A message from the Maryland Department of Human Services. We’ve gone blue for National Child Abuse Prevention Month 💙. Learn the signs of abuse/neglect and how to report suspected instances by visiting bit.ly/2o2ibsp. Together, we can keep kids safe.

COVID19 Social Security Scam Warning

Beware ⚠️: Social Security phone and email scams will likely increase during the COVID-19 pandemic! Check out this tip sheet provided by the Social Security Administration to learn what to look out for. Scams may be reported at oig.ssa.gov. — with Social...

DHS Letter Re: COVID19 and Foster Families

    Dear Foster Parents and Foster Parent Providers: Over the past few weeks, our state and federal governments have taken unprecedented measures to reduce the spread of the novel virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to address the...

Upcoming Events

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Prepping for the 2020 Census: Count All Kids

“The Count All Kids Campaign is a public outreach effort to working with advocates, state and local policy makers, complete count committees, service providers, and others to persuade families with young children to fill out the census questionnaire and make sure they include all their children.”

Resources for Parents

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

Resources Shared From the National Foster Parent Association

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Graphic Resource From the National Foster Parent Association and the FASD Network

“Individuals with FASD may be over or under-sensitive to certain sensory inputs, meaning that they may be so focused on what they hear, see, or feel that they can’t focus on other things. Sensory processing impairments can affect an individual’s learning, physical functioning, and behavioural development. Here are just some of the sensory disabilities individuals with FASD may experience.”