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Seven Easy Steps to Becoming a Foster Care, Adoption or Respite Parent

Step One: Initial contact or call to MarLear Alston, Therapeutic Foster Care Recruiter at 443-923-3802.

Step Two: Attend an Information Meeting and meet our program recruiter and one or more of our current foster parents.

Step Three: Complete and submit our initial inquiry form.

Step Four: Participate in a home visit and interview

Step Five: Attend and successfully complete pre-service training

Step Six: Participate in home study

Step Seven: Receive certification as a Therapeutic Foster Care, Foster, Respite, and/or Adoptive Parent 

Once you complete these steps, you’ll be ready to provide a safe, nurturing home for a child who desperately needs one.

Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., Named President and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute

We’re thrilled to welcome Bradley L. Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D., to the Kennedy Krieger family as our next President and CEO.
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