MRPA / Maryland Resource Parent Association Courses

These courses are being hosted on NFPATI on behalf of the Maryland Resource Parent Association. Some may be Maryland-centric, but many topics are of use to Resource parents in any state. You will be presented with an MRPA-branded certificate of completion for any courses you complete from this set of trainings.

Adoption Assistance (1 Hour, 25 Minutes)

Josh Kroll of NACAC is an expert on the state laws around adoption, subsidies, and financial support available to Maryland’s Resource Parents. He shares vital information with the group, and conducts a Q&A with the participants.

Finding Hope: The 12 Keys to Healing Hardship, Hurt & Sorrow, a Discussion with Author Amber Jewell (1 Hour, 20 Minutes)

A lively and educational discussion on Ms. Jewell’s book.

Maryland’s Integrated Practice Model (2 Hours 15 Minutes)

This session is designed to offer processes for engaging the Family of Origin and creating partnerships that improve the outcomes for the children being fostered, and for the families involved.

US Federal Adoption Tax Credit (55 Minutes)

Participants learned the steps they need to take to file for the U.S. federal adoption tax credit. The focus was on filing for 2021, and covered applying for the credit for adoptions as far back as 2018. Important! This material was presented as a guide for tax year 2021, and should be considered as reference only for subsequent tax years. Consult your tax preparer for the current guidelines.

Sleep Health for Foster Care Children (1 Hour, 5 Minutes)

Trainers will discuss sleep basics, sleep health strategies, and typical pediatric sleep problems; share results of our research; and plans for the development of our curriculum for the foster care community.

Supporting and Celebrating Reunification of Parents and Children (1 Hour)

As part of the celebration of Reunification Month, the MRPA hosted a discussion with Chauncey Strong of Strong Family Training, former Executive Director Arnie Eby, and Jenny Jumbelick, Ombudsman for the State of Maryland.

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