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Resources From Prior Sessions

You’ll find video, handouts, etc, from past First Tuesday events here!

Video: Promoting Partnerships Between the Family of Origin and Resource Parents

First Tuesday July 6, 2021

 

Facilitator: Becky Rice, LCSW-C, Frederick Co DSS and Erika Ford, LCSW-C and Faculty Field Instructor with Family Connections Baltimore

 

This session is designed to offer processes for engaging the Family of Origin and creating partnerships that improve the outcomes for the children being fostered, and for the families involved. Becky will offer ideas for effective comfort calls, icebreakers to get the discussion started, and more. PowerPoint Presentation is available HERE.

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Video: Maryland's Integrated Practice Model: What it Means for Resource Parents

Third Tuesday Q&A June 15, 2021

Facilitator: Kim Parks-Bourn, Program Manager for Practice Innovation, DHS

 

This session is designed to offer processes for engaging the Family of Origin and creating partnerships that improve the outcomes for the children being fostered, and for the families involved. Becky will offer ideas for effective comfort calls, icebreakers to get the discussion started, and more. A followup Q&A session will be held on July 20th.
This MRPA presentation references a TedTalk video (there is a placeholder where this was viewed on the session). We are unable to include it in our presentation video due to copyright, so have provided it for you below.

 

 

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Video: Trauma Informed Strategies

First Tuesday May 04, 2021

 

Facilitator: Kim Stevens, NACAC

 

Children and adolescents who have experienced trauma have unique brain wiring and are often at a mixture of developmental ages. Typical consequence-based behavioral strategies are often not effective and can lead to further trauma and impact the relationship between the adults and children/adolescents. Participants will learn new approaches to use with children and adolescents who have trauma histories which will help you to understand them better and improve communication and relationships. The strategies we will cover are recommended for in-utero trauma such as FASD and also for trauma they may have experienced after birth.

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Video: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

First Tuesday April 06, 2021

 

Facilitator:  Barb Clark, NACAC

 

Join us for a discussions around the symptoms and red flags are for FASD and to understand the brain-based reasons for some of the hard behaviors which will allow for more patience and out of the box parenting.

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Video: Birth Family Connections (Q&A FollowUp Session)

First Tuesday Q&A March 16, 2021

 

Facilitator:  Kim Stevens, NACAC

 

Join us for a discussion on the importance of Birth Family relationships and connections, and of ways to facilitate children learning more about their Biological Families. We will discuss some tools to assist with feeling more comfortable while encouraging the development of these relationships.

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Video: Birth Family Connections

First Tuesday March 02, 2021

 

Facilitator:  Kim Stevens, NACAC

Join us for a discussion on the importance of Birth Family relationships and connections, and of ways to facilitate children learning more about their Biological Families. We will discuss some tools to assist with feeling more comfortable while encouraging the development of these relationships.

Download Birth Family Connection Links HERE

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Video: What IS the MRPA? Services, Support & Advocacy

First Tuesday February 02, 2021

 

Facilitator:  Bob Huddler, MRPA President & Arnold Eby, MRPA Executive Director

Special Guests: Katie Fitzsimmons, Anne Arundel CO & Kristy O’Neal, Frederick Co

Join us for a discussion of the services and guidance offered by the Maryland Resource Parent Association. Also covered are the results of the Maryland DHS, Social Services and MRPA Survey. View the results HERE.

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Video: Adoption Tax Credits: What Adoptive Parents Need to Know

First Tuesday January 05, 2021

 

Facilitator:  Josh Kroll of the NACAC

Josh will share his expertise in the area of tax credits – what exists, how to set them up, and how to gain the most benefit from them as an adoptive parent.

Participants will learn the steps they need to take to file for the U.S. federal adoption tax credit. The focus will be on filing for 2020, but will also cover applying for the credit for adoptions as far back as 2017. Presenter Josh Kroll will explain what parents need to do to take advantage of the credit. Key points include that the credit is not a refundable credit for 2020 and that parents who adopt children who receive adoption assistance/adoption subsidy benefits do not need to have adoption-related expenses to claim the credit. The session will focus on families who adopted children with special needs from foster care but will be applicable to all adoptive families as well.

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Video: Adoption Assistance

First Tuesday December 1, 2020

 

Facilitator:  Josh Kroll of the NACAC

Josh is an expert on the state laws around adoption, subsidies, and financial support available to Maryland’s Resource Parents. He’ll share vital information with the group, and will be available for Q&A.

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