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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...

Child Welfare Academy Spring Training

MRPA would like to share this upcoming event sponsored by Foster Love - DHS - Washington County. Begin forward of the invitation: We still have spots for our upcoming Resource Parent Training in Washington County! Tuesday, 5/14/19 Teach Your Child to Chill Washington...

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...

Fall 2017 White House Internship Program

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     May 24, 2017 Fall 2017 White House Internship Program The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open. The application portal will remain open until 11:59PM EDT on June 16,...

Notice of Bi-Annual MRPA Elections June, 2017

It is time for the bi-annual election of MRPA Executive Officers. Officers to be elected for a two year term beginning July 1, 2017 are: President President Elect Vice-President Treasurer Assistant Treasurer and Secretary. Nominations for six Community partners to...

Thanks to the National PTA!

The Maryland Foster Parent PTA and the Maryland Foster Parent Association would like to thank National PTA for the invitation to present information concerning foster care advocacy and support during the 2017 Legislative Conference. Sam Macer, President of the MD...

Upcoming Election of MRPA Officers

Notice of Upcoming Officers Elections 2017 ​Please note that in June of this year we will be holding our election for MRPA Officers. This is meant as first notice of election; more detailed information will be sent in March after the Executive Committee Meeting. To...

Reminder: Board Meeting this Wed, 2/22 at 8PM

This is a reminder of the scheduled Monthly meeting to be held on Wednesday evening February 22, 2017, starting at 8:00 PM. This will be a Teleconference meeting Phone Number: 302-202-1104 Enter Code 360215 A reminder also that BI-ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS WILL BE...

Board Meeting Scheduled for February 22, 2017

A Regular Monthly Maryland Resource Parent Association (MRPA) Board Of Directors Meeting Has Been Called For Wednesday Evening, February 22, 2017 Starting At 8:00 PM. Meeting Will Be Held By Tele-Conference. Phone Number: 302-202-1104 Enter Code: 360215 All Members Of...

ESSA Listening Tours Schedule & Registration Link

The MRPA Team would like to pass along this message from the Maryland State Department of Education. Mark your calendars, and join where possible! Happy New Year! We hope this message finds you well. Just a reminder of the listening tours taking place regarding...

Congratulations to Our New MRPA Officers!

Congratulations to Our New MRPA Officers!

Based upon the results of our election, the following new Officers were announced in the open Board Meeting on June 24th. President:  Arnie Eby President-Elect: James McAllister Vice-President:  Michele Burnette Treasurer:  Demetria Gregory Secretary: Helen Nicholson...

Welcome to the MRPA Website!

Welcome to the MRPA Website!

MRPA supports foster, adoptive, kinship and guardianship parents all across the state of Maryland. Whether you are a current resource parent, a prospective resource parent, or a child welfare professional, MRPA is there to support you. We realize it takes all of us...

Stay Tuned for MRPA BlogPosts!

As we get started with our new website, we'll be using our blog feature to distribute news about what's happening in the MRPA. Consider subscribing to our blog to receive new posts in email!

Resources and Upcoming Webinar

Advocates for​ Families First Helping ensure children in kinship, foster, and adoptive families thrive. A warm welcome to all the new subscribers to this e-news list. Please also visit the website at: www.advocatesforfamiliesfirst.org 2014 Green Book Has Updated...

Resources and Upcoming Webinar

Subject: Resources and Upcoming Webinar Advocates for Families First Helping ensure children in kinship, foster, and adoptive families thrive. A warm welcome to all the new subscribers to this e-news list. Please also visit the website at:...

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