Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

We assist Foster, Kinship, Adoptive and Guardianship parents with resources that can make your role easier.

News and Info Related to the MD DHS

Resource Parent Training Website

In May 2020 We Celebrated Foster Care Month in Maryland!

Winners of the 2020 Resource Parent(s) of the Year Awards are posted here on our website, and on our Facebook page.

  • To see the original post with program details, click here.
  • To see all of the featured Foster Parents posts, click here.

MD DHS Resource Parent Survey Results

The following are the results from a recent MD DHS survey of Resource Parents. Use the arrows to scroll through the results pages, and click here for a printable version. Have questions or feedback to share on the survey? Contact us here.

Survey Goals – Background, Original Invitation

The Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration (DHS/SSA) is striving to increase authentic partnerships between staff, resource parents, and biological parents to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children. DHS/SSA is partnering with the Maryland Resource Parent Association (MRPA) to support this effort in local jurisdictions.

With assistance from the Capacity Building Center for States (CBCS), DHS/SSA & MRPA developed a survey in SurveyMonkey to gather information from Resource Parents about their thoughts and experiences with state and local resource parent associations. The survey also asks what resources and supports Resource Parents need and find most helpful.

DHS/SSA & MRPA asks Resource Parents what their perception is of how well DHS/SSA is accomplishing its goals for resource parents in MD. 

Responses will help the DHS/SSA & MRPA workgroup develop strategies to better support resource parents, statewide and locally. This survey was anonymous, and responses will be held as confidential. 

We are excited to announce that the new Resource Parent Training website and catalog are now available!

Workshops from July ’20 onward are continually being added, so check back regularly to see which are open for registration.

Create Your Account

If you are a resource parent and you have not yet created an account in the Ideas@theInstitute LMS (Learning Management system):

  • Please use the link below to create your new profile. Upon clicking the link, participants will be asked to complete the sign-up form associated with the link which designates that you are Approved Status for Resource Parent training access.
  • Please create profiles for each individual if you are part of a couple. Only one account can be created per email address.
  • Click here to create your new profile: https://theinstitute.myabsorb.com?KeyName=ResourceParents

Already Have An Account?

Instructions for resource parents who ALREADY created a new account in Ideas@theInstitute

  • If you already have an account set-up in Ideas@theInstitute, please contact the help desk by email or chat to have your Resource Parent status verified and added to your profile. After this process has been completed, you will then have access to Resource Parent trainings.
  • Email the Help Desk at theinstitutehelp@ssw.umaryland.edu and put Resource Parent Approved Status in the subject line and make sure your name and work email are included in the body of the email.

General Instructions

Once you are logged into the website, you will first be asked to complete an initial “course” which is simply an introduction to the program.

Once that is completed, you will see this screen below. The catalog will be available by clicking the link on the right hand side under RESOURCES:

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If you need assistance you can email the Help Desk at theinstitutehelp@ssw.umaryland.edu or you can contact the Help Desk by LIVE CHAT. The Help Desk is available Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm ET.

COVID-19 News That Impacts Resource Families

Our very own Executive Director Arnie Eby was featured as part of an NPR discussion of the effects of COVD-19 on foster children and resource parents. Have a listen!

To see the full transcript, visit https://www.marketplace.org/…/…/covid-19-foster-care-system/

What To DO With Those Kids!?

MRPA Executive Director Arnold Eby joins Irene Clements in  a discussion with Rhonda Sciortino on the topic, ‘What To DO With Those Kids!’ during the COVID19 self isolation.

Links to Important Updates & Articles

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.

In the Know: Resource Parent News

MRPA Community News

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...

Resource Parent In-Person Visitation Guidance and Protocols

The Maryland DHS has shared the following documents as a resource for foster families who are about to resume In-Person visitations. Click the title to view or download the document. CW Services COVID-19 Stage 2 Guidance Memo DHS/SSA Protocol and Procedures for...

News for Resource Parents: (AP News) Trump signs order to strengthen US child welfare system

NEW YORK (AP) — Tackling a lower-profile issue for the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at strengthening child-welfare programs nationwide. It comes as child-protection agencies across the U.S. struggle with effects related...

U of MD School of Social Work: Fall 2020 Resource Parent Conference Planning Survey (Your Response Is Requested!)

Resource Parent conferences are hosted semi annually through a partnership between the Child Welfare Academy, Maryland Resource Parent Association, Maryland DHS, and the local Departments of Social Services.     Given ongoing health concerns about large trainings and...

MD Foster Care Parent Survey – Your Participation as a Resource Parent is Needed!

We would like to invite you to respond to a survey that is being conducted as a joint effort between MARFY (Maryland Association for Resource Families and Youth) and the MRPA. We know there have been lots of changes since the pandemic and we want your feedback!  We...

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...

National Foster Care Month, Day 21

As the Executive Director of the Maryland Resource Parent Association, I get the privilege to work alongside many dedicated resource families and staff who are committed to the children of Maryland. Everyday this caring group of individuals give tirelessly of...

Loyola University Study Invitation: Sleep Health among Children in Foster Care

MRPA would like to share this opportunity to take part in a study being sponsored by Loyola University. Their invitation follows.   We are conducting a research study, Sleep Health among Children in Foster Care, to better understand the sleep health and behaviors of...

Resource Parent Survey – Licensed Foster Parent Responses Requested!

The Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration (DHS/SSA) is striving to increase authentic partnerships between staff, resource parents, and biological parents to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children. DHS/SSA is...

Upcoming Events

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Prepping for the 2020 Census: Count All Kids

“The Count All Kids Campaign is a public outreach effort to working with advocates, state and local policy makers, complete count committees, service providers, and others to persuade families with young children to fill out the census questionnaire and make sure they include all their children.”

Resources for Parents

The MRPA is a member of the Maryland Charity Campaign. Learn more here.

Resources Shared From the National Foster Parent Association

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Graphic Resource From the National Foster Parent Association and the FASD Network

“Individuals with FASD may be over or under-sensitive to certain sensory inputs, meaning that they may be so focused on what they hear, see, or feel that they can’t focus on other things. Sensory processing impairments can affect an individual’s learning, physical functioning, and behavioural development. Here are just some of the sensory disabilities individuals with FASD may experience.”