Baltimore County News
May is National Foster Care Month - Honoring, Uniting and Celebrating Families
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, including relatives of those children. 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.
“As a foster parent myself, I have found that the rewards of opening my heart and home allowed a child to be rescued and hope to be restored,” said Director of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “I am asking eligible residents to please consider changing a life by sharing yours.”
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
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
If you are interested in becoming a resource parent, staff will be assigned to work with you to 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.
For more information on becoming a resource parent, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/resourceparent or call 410-853-3170.
November is National Adoption Month
A courtroom isn’t usually a very happy place, but on Saturday, November 21, people in courtrooms around the country will be celebrating the adoption of children from the foster care system.
In Baltimore County, we are delighted to join in the celebration with six of our foster children getting “forever homes” by being adopted by their relatives or foster parents.
November has been dedicated as National Adoption Awareness Month for the past 19 years. The purpose is to let people know that public agencies, such as Baltimore County Department of Social Services, have children in foster care who need loving foster and adoptive families. Attention has been given to all types of foster children; those with special needs, teenagers, infants and sibling groups that all need a place to call home. As a result more and more people have come forward to become foster parents; however, there is more work to be done.
More Individuals and Families Needed
During National Adoption Awareness Month we want to make the Baltimore County community aware that we still need more individuals and families who are able to open their hearts and their homes to our County’s most vulnerable children by becoming foster parents. Whether it’s for a night, a year or forever, these children need foster parents to provide safety, stability and love.
Learn what it means to help change a child’s life by sharing yours. Become a foster parent. For more information, contact the Baltimore County Foster Parent Program at 410-853-3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Darling, Supervisor
Dawn Pipesh and Susan Oberfeld, Foster Parent Program Recruiters
Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Revised September 26, 2016