Blogs & News for Resource Parents

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...

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...

MRPA Board Meeting 3/5/19

Our next MRPA Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for March 5th at 8pm. Please join us by teleconference at the number, below. All are welcome! Dial-in number: 515-604-9754 Access code: 114007 PIN: 5452

MRPA Board Meeting 2/5/2019

Our next MRPA Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for February 5th at 8pm. Please join us by teleconference at the number, below. All are welcome! Dial-in number: 515-604-9754 Access code: 114007 PIN: 5452

Save the Date: Resource Parent Spring Conference

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8:00am - 4:30pm Chesapeake College 1000 College Circle Wye Mills, MD 21679 REGISTER HERE Please join the Maryland Resource Parent Association, Department of Human Services, and the Child Welfare Academy, in conjunction with the local...

Sometimes… A New Book About Foster Care

Sometimes… A New Book About Foster Care

  Author to donate $1 for each book sold, using our link, to the National Foster Parent Association. The National Foster Parent Association is pleased to introduce Keri Vellis and her book SOMETIMES! Keri Vellis, an experienced Foster Parent in Sonoma County, has...

What Is Aging Out?

Supporting older foster youth, An interview with Dr. John DeGarmo from the Aging Out Institute. Shared by Sam Macer, MSW Education Chair Maryland Resource Parent Association To view the complete article and to view the interview video, click...

Ready by 21 Manual

From Sam Macer, Education Committee, Chair Every resource parent with a youth 14 years and older should have the Ready by 21 Manual. Early in 2018 MRPA will be asking for your input to develop a Ready by 21 Manual specifically focusing on our needs to provide care for...

Blaque Diamond Enterprise

By Sam Macer I want to thank the Blaque Diamond Enterprise for inviting me to represent the Maryland Resource Parent Association at the 2nd annual “It’s a Family Affair” event. The community engagement event provided an opportunity to learn about the need for loving,...

National Adoption Month 2017

Teens Need Families, No Matter What View this article by Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner at the Children's Bureau, about this important month-long event. CLICK HERE

ARC Reflections Training Program

By Sam Macer This is a “must have” trauma management information piece for your Foster Parenting Tool Box from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, this information may assist any family or caregiver who has a non-foster care child who has experienced some type...

Maryland Resource Parent Survey

Please complete the following survey, as the Maryland Department of Human Services would like to ensure that Maryland's Resource Parents are receiving satisfactory services from the local department of social services. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY...

10 Words Only A Foster Parent Would Know

By Emily Westbrooks When I became a foster parent, I had no idea there was a whole litany of words that I'd be using to talk about specific cases, or that I would often have to ask someone to define words and/or translate phrases because, well, I had no idea what...

Hello everyone. The Maryland Resource Parent Association received the below note from the Department of Juvenile and Family Services, Administrative Office of the Courts-Programs Department and the University of Maryland, school of Social work. We have been asked to...

August 12th Cascade Lake Event – Register Today!

Register today for our free August 12th event at Cascade Lake! RSVP by July 29th, 2017 at 6pm. Click here to learn more, and to register your family! [pdf-embedder url="https://www.mrpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cascade-Lake-Day-2017.pdf" title="Cascade Lake Day...

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