Baltimore County Department of Social Services
6401 York Road, Second Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All email correspondence is confidential, and only reviewed by Department of Social Services recruitment staff.
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
If you are a kinship care provider seeking information, please call Catholic Charities Kinship Care Navigator Program at 410-282-9430.