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New Executive Director, Stefany Lang, has been chosen to lead the Maryland Resource Parents Association.
Stefany Lang has been selected as the new executive director of the Maryland Resource Parents Association (MRPA), which represents foster and kinship parents throughout the state.
Lang and her husband, Chris, are active foster parents in Calvert County, where they have fostered 11 children since they became foster parents in 2013. Lang is also president of the Calvert County Foster Parent Association and a co-facilitator of the county’s training for new foster parents (called PRIDE). There, she has instituted monthly support group meetings and foster family events, as well as serving as a resource for the questions and concerns for local foster parents.
As MRPA executive director, Lang hopes to bring that same support to foster and kinship parents statewide. “I have a true passion for being a foster parent,” says Lang, whose family consists of three biological children, two adopted children, and two children who are part of their family through guardianship, ranging in age from 7 to 31. “I want to try and make the foster care experience as smooth and painless as possible for the families and the children in Maryland.”
Lang and her husband became foster parents when the youngest of her biological daughters was a junior in high school. While they originally thought they would foster infants or toddlers, their first placement was a sibling set of three, ages 8, 9, and 12, one of whom they later adopted.
One of Lang’s favorite quotes is “It takes a village to raise a child.” “I believe we, as foster parents, are that village,” she says. “Being there for the children and their families is what makes foster parenting so fulfilling.”
Before becoming a foster parent, Lang was social media manager for the company Recorded Books. She also works as an adoptive parent mentor and runs a support group for Adoptions Together, a local adoption organization. In addition, Lang and her husband are active volunteers for the Special Olympics of Calvert County, where they have coached 5 sports and raised over $40,000.
Lang will be only the second executive director at MRPA, taking over the role from Arnie Eby, who turned what had been a volunteer role into a paid position in 2019 to reflect the larger role MRPA has played. Eby is now executive director of the National Foster Parent Association.
MPRA represents public foster and kinship parents throughout Maryland. Its executive director and board members work with the state government and other groups to represent the views of foster and kinship parents.The organization supports county-based foster parent groups, as well as individual foster parents through support and training.
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A Letter of Introduction from MRPA President James L. Craig, Jr.
To: Resource Parents of Maryland
From: James L. Craig Jr. President, Maryland Resource Parents Association (MRPA)
Greetings to the hardest working people I know. As the new President for the Maryland Resource Parents Association (MRPA), I want to Officially introduce myself.
My name is James L. Craig Jr., and I’ve been a foster parent for 19 years. I have served as President and Vice President for the Prince George’s County Resource Parents Association for 14 years. I truly enjoy the responsibility of being a Resource Parent. I cannot think of a more important Job than to be able to provide Care and Love for the children in whom we are entrusted.
I look forward to working with you and making Maryland’s Resource Parent Association the best it can be.
I request you consider becoming a member of your local Jurisdiction as well as becoming involved with the MRPA. Working together we can do greater things for the Foster Care Program in Maryland.
To get involved with the MRPA, visit our home page and discover the ways you can get connected, including taking part in Training opportunities, signing up to receive our Blog posts, following us on Facebook, and more. Please consider joining your local Jurisdiction’s Resource Parents Association.
If at any time you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact me by one of the means listed above.
Thank you all for what you do as Resource Parents. I look forward to visiting each Jurisdiction as I can schedule my time. If you have a need for me to visit before I can schedule a visit, please send me a request to come to your location.
James L. Craig Jr.
The MRPA does not have formal membership.
There are no fees of any kind to enjoy our resources. They are freely available to all Resource Parents! You are welcome to attend our Zoom sessions and to utilize anything you find on our website. We’re glad you found us and look forward to assisting in your journey as a Resource Parent.
So…. how do you get involved? There are many options!
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The MRPA Mission
Our Mission is to provide support service to all Resource Families in the state of Maryland. Membership in the Association shall be open to all Resource Parents.
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 working together to give children in need a stable, loving family.