Blogs & News for Resource Parents

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...

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...

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