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Title: Consider Becoming a Resource (Foster) Parent

May is National Foster Care Month

The Baltimore County Department of Social Services is seeking individuals and couples interested in becoming resource parents. Baltimore County currently has more than 575 children in foster care.  

When children have to be separated from their biological parents, it is often helpful for them to be placed with family member or others with an existing relationship with the child. This kind of familiarity can help to lessen the anxieties the child is already experiencing.      

“As a foster parent I have found that the rewards of opening my heart and home were more than I will ever be able to express,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services. “I am asking eligible residents to consider changing a life by sharing yours.”

Resource parents are those who foster or adopt children in need of care. They can be related to the child. 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
  • 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 placed in your home. Financial and medical assistance are also provided.

For more information on becoming a resource parent call 410-853-3170.

Revised September 11, 2017