Baltimore County News
Attend a monthly informational meeting – Wednesday, January 11
The Baltimore County Department of Social Services is seeking individuals and couples interested in becoming resource parents. Currently Baltimore County has over 550 children in foster care.
Resource parents are those who foster or adopt children in need of care. Foster care provides children with a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment while the parents and other family members are offered services intended to remedy the problem that led to the child’s placement in foster care. Foster care is meant to be temporary, as the ultimate goal is to reunify children with their parents whenever possible.
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
If you are interested in becoming a resource parent or learning about the process, attend our next monthly meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drumcastle Government Center located at 6401 York Road, 21212. No appointment or RSVP necessary. Staff will be assigned to work with you to provide training and ongoing support once a child is placed in your home. Financial and medical assistance are also provided.
For more information, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/resourceparent or call 410-853-3170.
Kamenetz pledeges to fight for school funding
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will address education leaders at the annual legislative breakfast hosted by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO) and the Education Support Professionals of Baltimore County (ESPBC) on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, 21093.
“I’ve attended this breakfast for many years,” said Kamenetz. “There is nothing more important in our county than the education of our children. The challenges facing teachers and support staff are significant, and I look forward to working with their representatives in Annapolis to protect public education in Maryland.”
“The opportunity for our members to talk directly with elected leaders prior to the General Assembly is very important,” said Abby Beytin, President of the Teacher’s Association of Baltimore County. “I am delighted that the County Executive will join us for what is always an informative dialogue.”
Baltimore County Christmas tree recycling collection begins Monday, January 9
The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 9, 2017. Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place, residents must have the trees out at the front curb no later than Saturday, January 14 to ensure collection.
Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled:
- Only set out live (not artificial) trees.
- Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).
- Only set out trees at the front curb or street; trees will not be collected from alleys.
Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.
Residents with questions may call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.