Blogs & News for Resource Parents

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...

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

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...

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