Blogs & News for Resource Parents

Submit Your Social Worker Appreciation Video!

March is Social Worker Appreciation Month! Help us to celebrate the social workers who have impacted your life. The MRPA has created a page where you can leave a short (90 second or less) testimonial about a special social worker. Feel free to leave as many as you'd...

Updated Maryland DHS Policy on Visitation

In light of the upward trend in Covid-19 cases in our state, the MRPA recently made a request to the Maryland DHS to consider a 60-day-or-more suspension of the State's requirement for in-person visits between foster children and their biological families. As a result...

Children’s Cabinet Funds (One Time DHS/SSA Stipend)

Please take immediate note of the following message from Michelle L. Farr, Executive Director of the Socials Services Administration, regarding a one-time stipend for Resource Parents with children during the period of July 1 - December 31, 2020. [pdf-embedder...

Why Are the Holidays so Hard for Traumatized Kids?

(Repost from Serenity Links Coaching) The holidays are festive and fun, but they can also be torture for our traumatized kids! The very things we love about the season can send our child’s issues into overdrive and their behavior into orbit. That can easily make this...

Maryland P-EBT Benefits for September

Great news – Maryland will provide P-EBT benefits for the month of September! Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits are intended to help families in Maryland purchase food while schools are closed due to COVID-19. Students enrolled in free or reduced-price school meals are...

Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

MRPA would like to share this information from the Maryland DHS about this food program for foster care youth. The DHS Note on the attached follows. Please share the attached (see below) Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) information, which is being provided...

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...

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...

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...

Child Welfare Stakeholder Survey

Please help us share this survey! The University of Washington is conducting a survey about​ ​how to improve child welfare supports to maximize the ability of reunifying children with their birth families. We want to help make sure foster parents/kinship caregiver...

CWA Resource Parent ONLINE TRAININGS ADDED

  The following upcoming trainings have been moved ONLINE, In response to COVID19 and concerns for everyone's health and safety. A few other dates have been postponed.   Wednesday, 3/25/20 Complicated Children* 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. | 3 Training Hours   Monday, 3/30/20...

COVID-19: A Message for Child Welfare Leaders

Please see the message below from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau Dear Child Welfare Leaders, In the last 24 hours the Children’s Bureau has been made aware of the closing of colleges and universities to protect the health and well-being of...

RESOURCE PARENT SPRING CONFERENCE

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...

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...

Upcoming Child Welfare Academy Sessions

Child Welfare Academy Both Sessions are Saturday, August 3, 2019 Garrett Co DSS, 12578 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550 Strategies for Helping Children Cope During the Reunification Process 9:00am-12:00pm (3 hours) This training will discuss the emotional and...

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