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Resource Parenting Overview

Baltimore County Department of Social Services
6401 York Road, Second Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Email: fosteradopt@baltimorecountymd.gov
Phone: 410-853-3170
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The Baltimore County Department of Social Services has an urgent need for resource parents. "Resource parent" is a general term used to encompass families who provide a safe, nurturing and loving environment to children for a temporary period of time. Resource parents may foster, adopt or be relatives caring for children. You can make the difference to a child who needs a safe and loving home environment. Consider sharing your love and support by becoming a resource parent.

Becoming a Resource Parent – Foster or Adoptive

If you are interested in becoming a resource parent, our social workers are eager to work with you. We provide training and ongoing support throughout the home study process and after a child is accepted into your home. Financial and medical assistance are also provided.

 

To become a resource parent, you must:

  • Attend an information meeting
  • Complete a registration and authorization for clearance forms
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training
  • Obtain your first aid and CPR certifications
  • Complete the home study approval process
    

To be a resource parent, you need to:

  • Have patience, flexibility and a commitment to children
  • Be over age 21
  • Be able to meet your family’s financial obligations
  • Have room for a child
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Agree to have a background check, including criminal background
  • Agree not to smoke around the foster child, including both in your home and in the car

You may not qualify for resource parenting if:

  • You are experiencing financial difficulties and do not have stable and sufficient income       
  • Anyone in the household has an indicated child protective service finding
  • Anyone in the household was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) within the last five years        
  • Anyone in the household was convicted of a felony or drug related offense within last five years
  • You owe child support
  • You live in a one-bedroom apartment or home

Contact Us

If you are interested in obtaining more information about becoming a resource parent please contact us by telephone or via email.

  • Phone: Call 410-853-3170 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you call during non-business hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned within one business day.

  • Email: Send the Department of Social Services an email at fosteradopt@baltimorecountymd.gov. All email correspondence is confidential, and only reviewed by Department of Social Services recruitment staff.

Resource Parent Information Meetings

All informational meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at 6401 York Road in Baltimore, Maryland 21212, in the Main Conference Room on the third floor. Meeting dates are below:

2017 Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday, January 11
  • Wednesday, February 8
  • Wednesday, March 8
  • Wednesday, April 5
  • Wednesday, May 3
  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Wednesday, August 9
  • Wednesday, September 13
  • Wednesday, October 11
  • Wednesday, November 8
  • Wednesday, December 6

Inclement Weather Notice

If Baltimore County Public Schools are closed or a snow emergency plan is in effect, the information meeting will be canceled. Call 410-853-3170 for details.

Current Resource Home Needs

The children who need resource families are newborns to age 21. We have the greatest need for family homes for:

  • Newborn babies and young children needing temporary care
  • Children who have been exposed in utero to drugs or alcohol or born drug-addicted
  • Sibling groups of two or more
  • Children with special medical, behavioral or mental health needs
  • Youth ages 13 to 21

Kinship Program

If you are a kinship care provider seeking information, please call Catholic Charities Kinship Care Navigator Program at 410-282-9430.

Resources

 
Revised February 24, 2017         

 

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