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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.


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.


Show Highlights FY 17 Budget, Resource Parenting and BCPS History

The May edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, promotes foster and adoptive parenting and shines a spotlight on a new book that covers the history of each Baltimore County public school.

 Could You be a Resource Parent? – Learn how becoming a foster or adoptive parent can change lives.

Proposed FY 17 Budget – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz shares details of his fiscally responsible budget proposal.

“Building the Future” Book Available – Learn about the rich history of Baltimore County schools, captured in pictures and stories, in this book authored by a retired BCPS art educator.

 To view streaming video of the show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016