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Resource Parenting Overview

Baltimore County Department of Social Services
6401 York Road, Second Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Phone: 410-853-3170
TTY users call via Maryland Relay

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

Contact Us

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 All email correspondence is confidential, and only reviewed by Department of Social Services recruitment staff.

Resource Parent Information Meetings

Now more than ever, we need resource foster parents. Attending an information meeting is the first step in learning how you can become a foster parent. Our in-person foster parent information meetings are on hold due to current circumstances. Instead our monthly information meetings will be held on a virtual platform. To find out how you can attend, call our Foster Parent Information Line at 410-853-3170. 

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

Kinship Program

If you are a kinship care provider seeking information, please call 410-887-TIME (8463).


Revised June 23, 2021         


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