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

Community Nominations are OPEN for CCAI’s 2018 Angels in Adoption® Program Honorees

Community Nominations for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) 2018 Angels in Adoption® Program Honorees are OPEN beginning today through April 30, 2018! Do you know someone who is an adoption or foster care advocate and is making or has made an...

Early Bird Registration for CASA’s 12th Annual Conference Ends Tomorrow

Don't miss out on the savings!   Register before midnight tomorrow night - 3/2/18 - to save on your rate for the Maryland CASA 12th Annual Conference on Child Well-Being, which will be held Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2018.   Casa is offering...

Registration is Open for MD CASA’s 12th Annual Conference

Registration deadline is March 23. You may also see event details and register at http://marylandcasa.org/2018conference/. To register or for more information, visit:...

Update: Spring 2018 Resource Parent Conference on March 3rd

RESOURCE PARENT SPRING CONFERENCE MARCH 3, 2018, 8:30am-4:00pm Chesapeake College, 100 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679 Although online registration closed on 2/18, there are still openings in the workshops as shown below. Enjoy a motivational keynote,...

CASA 12th Annual Conference on Child Well-Being: Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Stability

We have added the CASA 12th Annual Conference to our Event Notification Calendar. See these and other upcoming events HERE. Details and links for registration are found on the...

CASA Training Opportunities Added to Our Event Calendar

We have added 2 new CASA in-person and webinar trainings to our Event Notification Calendar. See these and other upcoming events HERE. Details and links for registration are found on each...

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...

Will deadlines fix the problem? Oregon seeks to house foster children in homes, not hotels

By Hillary Borrud hborrud@oregonian.com The Oregonian/OregonLive Oregon officials who oversee child welfare have considered a settlement agreement that would force the state to stop using hotels as emergency housing for children in the foster care system. Read the...

Spring 2018 Resource Parent Conference March 3rd

We've posted the details for this Spring's Resource Parent Conference. See this event for details and a complete list of workshops.

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...

Save the Dates: 2018 Annual Education Conference

Waves of Change - Oceans of Opportunity Be sure to note this Summer's Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida. For complete details, see the Event that we've added to our MRPA...

Child Welfare Policy Directives

From: Sam Macer, Education Chair, MRPA Please see the link at right to review the current Child Welfare Policy Directives for the State of Maryland.

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...

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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