Maryland Department of Social Services. 
Foster Care Statistics. As of July 2014 The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that there were 402,378 children in foster care in the United States. As of July 2014, there are 5,254 children in foster care in the state of Maryland. Children in foster care are children from your community. They are children who want to remain attached to their families despite their experiences. They are children whose families need the help of your family. They can be of any age, race from infants to teenagers of either sex. They are abused or neglected and some have been exposed to domestic violence or substance abuse. Foster Care Program Goals:

  • To place all foster children into a permanent living arrangement within a maximum of 15 months from the date they enter foster care.
  • To increase the number of foster parents willing to work with birth families.
  • To assist teenagers in the foster care system in becoming self-sufficient.

Child Welfare League of America. 
The Child Welfare League of America is the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. They are committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm.

Children’s Bureau.
The Children’s Bureau (CB) is one of two bureaus within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Children’s Bureau works with State and local agencies to develop programs that focus on preventing the abuse of children in troubled families, protecting children from abuse, and finding permanent placements for those who cannot safely return to their homes.

Foster Care Alumni of America. 
Foster Care Alumni of America connects the alumni community and transforms policy and practice, thereby ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care. Our organization provides a permanent and vibrant extended-family community for all people who share the foster care experience.

Foster Club. 
FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. For young people living in foster care, FosterClub is a place to turn for advice, information and hope.

National Foster Parent Association. 
The mission of the National Foster Parent Association is to provide services, support, training, mentoring, and assistance to foster parents.