MPT and its partners invite you to use Foster Care Stories to spark substantive discussion about the needs of the local foster care community.
The links, documents, and other materials on these pages are intended to support public community discussions on foster care. The Foster Care Stories documentary is an important tool in itself, as it provides a moving opportunity to begin dialogues around foster care in MD. On this site, you will find a vast array of resources that can help in preparing for your discussion event, and even after the conversations have ended. This film and its accompanying resources are well suited for use in a variety of settings with different audiences. We encourage you to partner with your local social services agency and other local organizations that serve foster youth and families. Consult the General Foster Care Information page to get connected to these groups to plan a Foster Care Stories screening and discussion event in your community.
Why host a screening & discussion event?
Raise awareness in your community about kids in foster or adoptive care
Encourage people to become involved help out those in need
To bring attention to a community-wide issue
Present information and resources to professionals within the human services field
Foster understanding and support within your student body or college campus
Educate others about foster care issues and present volunteer opportunities
Gather people together to benefit and support children and families within your community or congregation
Provide sensitivity training about foster parents in your workplace
Some suggested local partners and settings:
PTAs and school guidance counselors
Faith-based organizations and institutions
Academic departments (e.g., nursing, law, social work, public policy) and student groups at colleges, universities, community colleges, and high schools (e.g., service clubs, fraternities, sororities)
Civic, fraternal and business groups or clubs
Human services/social worker training
Foster/adoptive parent or volunteer recruitment and training
We invite you to share this film with others, talk about what you have seen, share your reactions and thoughts with others, and get involved to help kids and families in need. We hope you find these online resources valuable to your efforts, and we invite your feedback about this project: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a free DVD copy of Foster Care Stories: A Place to Be
for your community event: email@example.com(Supplies are limited.) DVDs are no longer available, due to popular demand. You may access the program online here.
MD Department of Human Resources
St. Clair Associates
Baltimore County Department of Social Services
MD Foster Youth Resource Center
Kennedy Krieger Institute
MD Foster Parent Association
For general information on foster and adoptive care in Maryland:
Foster Care Information Hotline 888-MDKIDS2 or 888-635-4372
Documentary underwritten, in part, by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Community outreach made possible through the generous support of the Freddie Mac Foundation.