Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

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

Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

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.

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

Resources for Parents

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Recent News & Articles

PTA Our Children.org Article – The Invisible Population: Supporting Foster Families

by Sam Macer for PTA Our Children.org Foster families are an “invisible population.” If one hundred children were on a school playground, you couldn’t - or shouldn’t - be able to tell which ones were foster youth. If you were at a mall, you couldn’t pick out the...

Updated Ombusdman Flyer

We have an updated Ombudsman flyer for MRPA parents!

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,...

Time.com Article: Why Teenage Brains Are So Hard to Understand

By Alexandra Sifferlin September 8, 2017 TIME Health For more, visit TIME Health. The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition, The Science of Childhood, which is available in stores, at the TIME Shop and at Amazon. EXCERPT: When Frances Jensen’s...

Chronicle Report: At Least 25 States Have Lost Foster Care Capacity Since 2012

Excerpt: The number of U.S. children in foster care has been on the rise since 2012, and most experts agree that the upward trend will continue. But how are states doing at ensuring there are enough foster homes and other placements to take these children in?...

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...

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...

MRPA Alert! The House Tax Reform Package Proposes Eliminating the Adoption Tax Credit

The following was received by MRPA leadership from NCAC, the North American Council on Adoptable Children. We are sharing this notice to keep our members informed, and to ensure you have an opportunity to make your voice heard. The House Tax Reform Package Proposes...

Foster Parent Ombudsman Contact Info

Looking for information on Ombudsman resources available to you? We've got the info that you need! Note that this flyer will be available permanently under our 'Resources' menu at this...

The Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma (Event)

The MRPA would like to make our members aware of the following event. For further details, and to register, click here. Image from the Event page at this link. DESCRIPTION The purpose of this five-city tour is to raise awareness of how childhood trauma impacts the...

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...

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