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Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the MRPA!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the MRPA!

Wishing you joy and peace as we wrap up the 2021 Holiday Season and look forward to a New Year in 2022. Thank you to those who provide loving care and support to children in the foster care system as a foster, kinship or adoptive family. Thank you to those who provide...

The Maryland DHS Needs Your Feedback by 12/15!

In July of 2021 the MRPA was pleased to welcome Kim Parks-Bourn,Program Manager for Practice Innovation with the Maryland DHS. The topic of our talk was 'Marylands Integrated Practice Model: What it Means for Resource Parents'. See the presentation information on our...

A Letter from Executive Director Arnold Eby

A Letter from Executive Director Arnold Eby

MRPA Friends, Some of you may have seen the announcement that I have been appointed to the position of Executive Director for the National Foster Parent Association, effective January 1st, '22. It has been an honor to serve the Resource Parents of Maryland as a member...

Resources to Support Safe Travel Practices

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is observing Child Passenger Safety Week, September 19-25, by reminding parents and caregivers to make sure children ride as safely as possible with proper use of car seats, boosters and...

9/9 is International FASD Awareness Day

9/9 is International FASD Awareness Day

On this 9th day of the 9th month of the year, we recognize International FASD Awareness Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its impact on the lives of children. The following resources are excellent for Resource Parents. Book...

Survey Opportunity: Love is Action

MRPA would like to share this 'Love is Action' survey opportunity. Foster parents, we're listening! If you have ever been a foster parent, we want to hear from YOU! You are the expert on what it's like to be a foster parent in your area. Please share your opinions in...

Forward 50th Education Conference

Forward 50th Education Conference

Registration Is Now Open for the Forward 50th Education Conference. << BE SURE TO REGISTER BY THIS SATURDAY 6/26 FOR THE BEST PRICING FOR THE CONFERENCE!! >> $99 Registration Through June 26, 2021 and then $119 for On-Demand Learning Through September 30,...

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...

Invitation to Respond to CJAC 3 Year Assessment Survey

Invitation to Respond to CJAC 3 Year Assessment Survey

MRPA's Executive Director Arnie Eby serves on CJAC, and would like to share this opportunity to respond to their survey... read on for details! The Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC) is a federally mandated Task Force under the Child Abuse and Prevention...

YOUR Training and Resource Needs for 2020?…

Did you know....? That our road map for training, resources, and services that we will be providing in 20201 comes from feedback from YOU, Maryland-based Resource Parents? That 460 Resource Parents completed the recent MD DHS/MRPA survey and offered their feedback on...

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...

P-EBT Update Regarding September ’20 Benefits

The benefits for September were issued to those who received P-EBT over the summer. Please note that students who received benefits over the summer but have since graduated did not receive a September issuance.  The funds are available on the P-EBT cards between 9/21...

Maryland P-EBT Benefits for September

Important! The MRPA does not manage the P-EBT program, but works hard to make information about the program available to MD Resource Parents.  We do not have the necessary information to assist with specific questions about benefits, and want to be sure you have no...

IRS Notice: Returning an Economic Impact Payment

Have you received an Economic Impact Payment in Error? Foster Parents who have foster children moving in and out of their homes may be in the position of having received a stimulus payment for a child no longer in their care. The following guidelines can help us make...

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...

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