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NFPA Resources

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The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their heart and their home to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US.

NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves a permanent family.

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.”

Child Welfare Policy Directives

Click here to visit the Child Welfare Policy Directives on the Maryland DHS website.

Maryland DHR Homepage for Adoption and Foster Care.

Maryland DHR Homepage for Adoption and Foster Care.

Contains links to useful information for Adoption, Foster Care, Providers and Other Services.

Adoption

Foster Care

Child Welfare Policies

Foster Parent Policies

To help support the efforts of our resource parents, the Department of Human Resources and the Social Services Administration has established this website where foster care policies and other important information may be easily found in one place. New and updated information will be added regularly, so be sure to check in often.

DHR Resources

 


Documents to Download

  • Icon of Family Centered Practice Guide Family Centered Practice Guide (80.5 KiB) Family Centered Practice (FCP) assures that the entire system of care engages the family in helping them to improve their ability to adequately plan for the care and safety of their children. The safety, well-being and permanence of children are paramount. The strengths of the entire family are the focus of the engagement. The family is viewed as a system of interrelated people where action and change in one part of the system impacts the other. A commitment is made to encourage and support the family’s involvement in making decisions for their children. A climate of community collaboration is nurtured as a way to expand the supportive network available to children and families. Refining the assessment and evaluation of practice standards and promoting performance expectations to assist caseworkers, supervisors and administrators in facilitating child welfare interactions will improve the outcomes for children and their families.
  • Icon of Maryland Youth Matter Practice Model Maryland Youth Matter Practice Model (3.1 MiB) The Youth Engagement Practice Model is specifically designed to focus on addressing the needs, and ensuring involvement of youth (ages 14-21) who come to the attention of Maryland's Child Welfare System. As an extension of Maryland's Family Centered Practice Model, the Youth Engagement Model is centered on assuring the safety, well-being, and permanency of every child, while building on the strengths of family and community to meet the child's needs. The Social Services Administration hopes this Model will be the catalyst for child welfare administrators, staff and providers to pay close attention to the lens used to view young people, and the role we play in supporting them as they launch into adulthood.

Links

Foster Care Reimbursements and Allowances Foster parents receive a monthly rate for the care of foster children. The regular foster care rate is provided to children who do not require unusual care and supervision. The foster parents would provide basic physical care, well-balanced meals, maintenance of home, clothing, supervision of child’s health and dental care and offer the attention and affection appropriate to the child’s age. Some children may require unusual care and supervision in a foster home. These children may exhibit extraordinary physical, emotional or behavioral issues. These might include physical handicaps, emotional disturbances, severe learning disabilities, etc. Foster parents that receive intermediate rates are required to participate in various treatment plans, trainings, provide prescribed physical care, and other tasks as deemed appropriate. Maryland StateStat StateStat is a performance-measurement and management tool implemented by Governor Martin O’Malley to make our state government more accountable and more efficient. This pages lists StateStat reports by Department. Click on the most recent Department of Human Resources link to see the latest Child Welfare statistics.

New DHR Policies

 


 

Documents to Download

  • Icon of SSA 12-34 Post-Adoption Permanency Program Services SSA 12-34 Post-Adoption Permanency Program Services (1.9 MiB) The purpose of this policy is to report to local departments of social services the allocation of funds for the Post-Adoption Permanency Program for the remainder of SFY 2012. The program function remains the same, i.e. providing families access to funds for post-adoption services. As of this announcement, $50,000 is available for program expenditures due to a decrease in requests during FY 2011.
  • Icon of SSA 13-1 Adoption Assistance Program SSA 13-1 Adoption Assistance Program (4.8 MiB)
  • Icon of SSA 13-12 Marylands Tuition Waiver Program And Education And Training Voucher Program SSA 13-12 Marylands Tuition Waiver Program And Education And Training Voucher Program (819.0 KiB) This policy directive seeks to provide case workers with information that will assist foster care and former foster care youth with how to access Maryland's Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) programs. This policy directive also provides direction on how to apply the Education and Training Voucher.
  • Icon of SSA 13-2 Case Planning Concurrent Permanency Planning SSA 13-2 Case Planning Concurrent Permanency Planning (3.2 MiB) The purpose of this policy directive is to provide guidelines to the local departments of social Services (LDSS) on case planning for all children in out-of-home placement with a concentration on concurrent permanency planning. Maryland currently utilizes concurrent permanency planning, however most jurisdictions do not routinely identify both plans in case planning and court reports. This policy will assist in establishing appropriate concurrent plans and provide information to LDSS staff concerning documenting reasonable efforts to achieve both plans at the same time. The local departments of social services (LDSS) must engage in concurrent permanency planning with all children with a permanency plan of reunification with the parent or legal guardian, placement with a relative for adoption or custody and guardianship or adoption by a non relative (prior to termination of parental rights).
  • Icon of SSA 13-7 Identity Theft Credit Report And Repair For Youth SSA 13-7 Identity Theft Credit Report And Repair For Youth (101.4 KiB) The purpose of this policy directive is to establish the requirements for providing Identity Theft Prevention, Credit Report Services, and assistance with Credit Repair for youth age 16 and older
    who are committed to the local departments of social services. This policy directive provides instructions to local departments of social services to obtain a foster youths' credit report with
    each of the three major Credit Reporting Agencies annually, review the three reports with the youth, and if necessary, correct any erroneous information.
  • Icon of SSA12-26 Educational Stability SSA12-26 Educational Stability (65.5 KiB) This Policy Directive establishes guidelines to ensure the educational stability of children awaiting foster care as well as the children and youth that are in an out-of-home placement. This policy directive supersedes SSA Policy Directive 12-13 and Supplements SSA Policy Directive #10-21, Caseplan Documentation Clarification).
  • Icon of SSA12-32 APPLA Policy SSA12-32 APPLA Policy (29.2 KiB) The purpose of this policy directive is to provide guidelines to the local departments of social services on updated procedures for youth with the permanency plan of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA). This policy provides the requirements for selecting APPLA as a permanency plan and services to provide for youth with the permanency plan of APPLA. This policy directive supersedes Policy Directive SSA-07-07.

DHR: COMAR - Code of Maryland Regulations

Code of Maryland Regulations

The Code of Maryland Regulations, often referred to as COMAR, is the official compilation of all administrative regulations issued by agencies of the state of Maryland. Links to relevant sections of COMAR for Resource Parents and Child Welfare providers are provided in the COMAR Resourcessection below.

COMAR is arranged in Volumes with title number marked on each volume. Each title number represents a State department, e.g., Title 7 is the Department of Human Resources. COMAR regulations are arranged in one numeric sequence by codification number throughout the entire set. Elements in each number represent the department and its agencies and subdivisions responsible for each regulation.

An example of a COMAR regulation number is COMAR 07.02.25.01
07 Title – Department of Human Resources
02 Subtitle – Social Services Administration
25 Chapter – LDSS Resource Home Requirements
01 Regulation
These numbers are expanded when greater detail is required.

COMAR RESOURCES

The Maryland Register is the temporary supplement to the Code of Maryland Regulations, printing all changes in regulations as soon as they occur. This bi-weekly publication, which started in 1974, is also the official source of information about many other activities within State government. The Maryland Register is issued every other Friday.

DHR: Policy Directives

DHR: Homepage for Adoption and Foster Care

Maryland DHR Homepage for Adoption and Foster Care.

Contains links to useful information for Adoption, Foster Care, Providers and Other Services.

Adoption

Foster Care

Child Welfare Policies

Foster Parent Policies

To help support the efforts of our resource parents, the Department of Human Resources and the Social Services Administration has established this website where foster care policies and other important information may be easily found in one place. New and updated information will be added regularly, so be sure to check in often.

DHR Resources

 


Documents to Download

  • Icon of Family Centered Practice Guide Family Centered Practice Guide (80.5 KiB) Family Centered Practice (FCP) assures that the entire system of care engages the family in helping them to improve their ability to adequately plan for the care and safety of their children. The safety, well-being and permanence of children are paramount. The strengths of the entire family are the focus of the engagement. The family is viewed as a system of interrelated people where action and change in one part of the system impacts the other. A commitment is made to encourage and support the family’s involvement in making decisions for their children. A climate of community collaboration is nurtured as a way to expand the supportive network available to children and families. Refining the assessment and evaluation of practice standards and promoting performance expectations to assist caseworkers, supervisors and administrators in facilitating child welfare interactions will improve the outcomes for children and their families.
  • Icon of Maryland Youth Matter Practice Model Maryland Youth Matter Practice Model (3.1 MiB) The Youth Engagement Practice Model is specifically designed to focus on addressing the needs, and ensuring involvement of youth (ages 14-21) who come to the attention of Maryland's Child Welfare System. As an extension of Maryland's Family Centered Practice Model, the Youth Engagement Model is centered on assuring the safety, well-being, and permanency of every child, while building on the strengths of family and community to meet the child's needs. The Social Services Administration hopes this Model will be the catalyst for child welfare administrators, staff and providers to pay close attention to the lens used to view young people, and the role we play in supporting them as they launch into adulthood.

Links

Foster Care Reimbursements and Allowances Foster parents receive a monthly rate for the care of foster children. The regular foster care rate is provided to children who do not require unusual care and supervision. The foster parents would provide basic physical care, well-balanced meals, maintenance of home, clothing, supervision of child’s health and dental care and offer the attention and affection appropriate to the child’s age. Some children may require unusual care and supervision in a foster home. These children may exhibit extraordinary physical, emotional or behavioral issues. These might include physical handicaps, emotional disturbances, severe learning disabilities, etc. Foster parents that receive intermediate rates are required to participate in various treatment plans, trainings, provide prescribed physical care, and other tasks as deemed appropriate. Maryland StateStat StateStat is a performance-measurement and management tool implemented by Governor Martin O’Malley to make our state government more accountable and more efficient. This pages lists StateStat reports by Department. Click on the most recent Department of Human Resources link to see the latest Child Welfare statistics.

New DHR Policies

 


 

Documents to Download

  • Icon of SSA 12-34 Post-Adoption Permanency Program Services SSA 12-34 Post-Adoption Permanency Program Services (1.9 MiB) The purpose of this policy is to report to local departments of social services the allocation of funds for the Post-Adoption Permanency Program for the remainder of SFY 2012. The program function remains the same, i.e. providing families access to funds for post-adoption services. As of this announcement, $50,000 is available for program expenditures due to a decrease in requests during FY 2011.
  • Icon of SSA 13-1 Adoption Assistance Program SSA 13-1 Adoption Assistance Program (4.8 MiB)
  • Icon of SSA 13-12 Marylands Tuition Waiver Program And Education And Training Voucher Program SSA 13-12 Marylands Tuition Waiver Program And Education And Training Voucher Program (819.0 KiB) This policy directive seeks to provide case workers with information that will assist foster care and former foster care youth with how to access Maryland's Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients and the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) programs. This policy directive also provides direction on how to apply the Education and Training Voucher.
  • Icon of SSA 13-2 Case Planning Concurrent Permanency Planning SSA 13-2 Case Planning Concurrent Permanency Planning (3.2 MiB) The purpose of this policy directive is to provide guidelines to the local departments of social Services (LDSS) on case planning for all children in out-of-home placement with a concentration on concurrent permanency planning. Maryland currently utilizes concurrent permanency planning, however most jurisdictions do not routinely identify both plans in case planning and court reports. This policy will assist in establishing appropriate concurrent plans and provide information to LDSS staff concerning documenting reasonable efforts to achieve both plans at the same time. The local departments of social services (LDSS) must engage in concurrent permanency planning with all children with a permanency plan of reunification with the parent or legal guardian, placement with a relative for adoption or custody and guardianship or adoption by a non relative (prior to termination of parental rights).
  • Icon of SSA 13-7 Identity Theft Credit Report And Repair For Youth SSA 13-7 Identity Theft Credit Report And Repair For Youth (101.4 KiB) The purpose of this policy directive is to establish the requirements for providing Identity Theft Prevention, Credit Report Services, and assistance with Credit Repair for youth age 16 and older
    who are committed to the local departments of social services. This policy directive provides instructions to local departments of social services to obtain a foster youths' credit report with
    each of the three major Credit Reporting Agencies annually, review the three reports with the youth, and if necessary, correct any erroneous information.
  • Icon of SSA12-26 Educational Stability SSA12-26 Educational Stability (65.5 KiB) This Policy Directive establishes guidelines to ensure the educational stability of children awaiting foster care as well as the children and youth that are in an out-of-home placement. This policy directive supersedes SSA Policy Directive 12-13 and Supplements SSA Policy Directive #10-21, Caseplan Documentation Clarification).
  • Icon of SSA12-32 APPLA Policy SSA12-32 APPLA Policy (29.2 KiB) The purpose of this policy directive is to provide guidelines to the local departments of social services on updated procedures for youth with the permanency plan of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA). This policy provides the requirements for selecting APPLA as a permanency plan and services to provide for youth with the permanency plan of APPLA. This policy directive supersedes Policy Directive SSA-07-07.

DHR: Maryland Policies and Procedures

DHR: Foster Parent Policies

The Department of Human Resources provides vital services to Maryland’s children and those who are most vulnerable among us. We simply cannot do this important work without partners like our resource parents, who help us provide safety, well-being, and permanence for children in out-of-home care.

To help support the efforts of our resource parents, the Department of Human Resources and the Social Services Administration has established a website where foster care policies and other important information may be easily found in one place. New and updated information will be added regularly, so be sure to check in often.

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351)

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (H.R. 6893) (the FCA or Fostering Connections Act) was signed into law on October 7, 2008, as Public Law 110-351.

FCA amended parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for Tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes.

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