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On this page you'll find youth-focused resources for youth in foster care.

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A Handbook for Youth about –Out-of-Home Placement Foster Care by MDHR SSA

This Handbook by the Maryland Department of Human Resources Social Service Administration (MDHR SSA) explains Out-of-Home Placement Services for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 and what you can expect while in foster care.

  •   Foster care

Art with a Heart

3355 Keswick Rd, Stable building Suite 104 Baltimore MD 21211

 (410) 366-8886

  •   Arts
  •   Foster care
  •   Homeless
  •   Immigrants & refugees
  •   Job readiness
  •   Latino
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Life skills
  •   Parenting
  •   Shelter & housing
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

Baltimore Child and Adolescent Response System (B-CARS)

1118 Light Street 200 Baltimore MD 21230

 667-600-2880

  •   Crisis
  •   Foster care
  •   Homeless
  •   Immigrants & refugees
  •   Latino
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Mental health
  •   Parenting
  •   Trauma, grief & loss

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care inclusive of foster care, adoption, and more.

  • Content about Out-of-Home Care offers information about family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, residential and group care, and Independent Living services.
  • Content about Supporting & Preserving Families describes family support and preservation services and offers resources for managers on family engagement, cultural competence, evaluation, evidence-based practice, funding, and training.

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Community Advocates 4 You

P.O. Box 113 Owings Mills MD 21117

 443-219-2883

  •   Advocacy
  •   Financial literacy
  •   Foster care
  •   Homeless
  •   Latino
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Life skills
  •   Parenting
  •   School readiness
  •   Special health care needs

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore

4 S Fredrick St Baltimore MD 21202

 (410) 244-1465

  •   Child abuse & support
  •   Foster care
  •   Legal assistance

Foster Care Information at Maryland State Department of Human Resource

Information about becoming a foster parent, resource parents, kinship care, child welfare policies, financial information, and youth resources.

  •   Foster care

Foster Care Youth Ombudsman

The Foster Youth Ombudsman serves as an advocate for foster youth. The Foster Youth Ombudsman reports to the Office of Secretary in Maryland’s Department of Human Services.

 (410) 767-7358

  •   Crisis
  •   Foster care

Hampden Family Center After-School Enrichment Program

1104 W 36th St Baltimore MD 21211

 (410) 467-8710

  •   Advocacy
  •   Arts
  •   Food assistance
  •   Foster care
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Homeless
  •   Income assistance
  •   Mental health
  •   Nature & environment
  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   Parenting
  •   School readiness
  •   Schools & after school programs
  •   Sports & recreation
  •   Trauma, grief & loss
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

HEBCAC Youth Opportunity Center (HEBCAC-YO)

1212 N Wolfe St Baltimore MD 21213

 (410) 732-2661

  •   Advocacy
  •   Arts
  •   Birth control
  •   Clothing & laundry
  •   Condoms
  •   Financial literacy
  •   Food assistance
  •   Foster care
  •   Health insurance
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Homeless
  •   Job readiness
  •   Life skills
  •   Mental health
  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   Parenting
  •   School readiness
  •   Sexual health education
  •   Special health care needs
  •   Sports & recreation
  •   Substance use & abuse
  •   Trauma, grief & loss
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

Hope Forward

1 N Charles St Baltimore MD 21201

 (410) 856-1700

  •   Foster care

Making All the Children Healthy in Foster Care (MATCH)

201 E Baltimore St Baltimore MD 21202

 (443) 423-5960

  •   Foster care

Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS)

As the state’s primary social service provider, the Maryland Department of Human Services serves over one million people annually. The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

311 West Saratoga St Baltimore MD 21201

  •   Financial literacy
  •   Food assistance
  •   Foster care
  •   Job readiness
  •   Legal assistance
  •   Life skills
  •   School readiness
  •   Shelter & housing
  •   Special health care needs
  •   Youth development

Maryland Transitioning Youth

Site designed to help improve Maryland students with disabilities preparation to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, healthcare and independent living.

  •   Foster care
  •   Special health care needs

Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

Provides financial assistance to foster care youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education.

  •   Foster care

Maryland Youth Launching Initiatives for Empowerment! (MYLIFE!)

MYLIFE! serves the youth and young adults of the Maryland Child Welfare system. This website was designed for those who are in or who have been in the Maryland Child Welfare system, foster parents, social workers, supporters, legal and court-appointed advocates, and community-based organizations.

  •   Foster care

Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood

2100 N Monroe St 2nd Floor Baltimore MD 21216

 (410) 852-8013

  •   Birth control
  •   Condoms
  •   Financial literacy
  •   Foster care
  •   Homeless
  •   Life skills
  •   Mental health
  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   School readiness
  •   Sexual health education
  •   Sports & recreation
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

New Pathways

1045 Taylor Avenue Baltimore MD 21286

 (410) 464-2600 x 202

  •   Financial literacy
  •   Foster care
  •   Homeless
  •   Income assistance
  •   Job readiness
  •   Life skills
  •   Mental health
  •   Parenting
  •   School readiness
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

Roberta’s House

2510 St. Paul Street 1st floor Baltimore MD 21218

 410-235-6633

  •   Advocacy
  •   Financial literacy
  •   Foster care
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Job readiness
  •   Life skills
  •   Trauma, grief & loss
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

SILA (Semi-Independent Living) at Ready by 21

These courses provide an overview of the eligibility criteria and services provided in SILA and structured independent living programs and to refresh and motivate SILA enrolled youth by reviewing the requirements of the SILA program and begin to and further develop individual independent living plans.

  •   Foster care

U Choose Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Coalition

1001 E Fayette St Baltimore MD 21202

 (410) 396-0055

  •   Birth control
  •   Condoms
  •   Foster care
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Parenting
  •   Sexual health education
  •   STD testing
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center

2315 N Charles St 1st floor Baltimore MD 21218

 (410) 235-7744

  •   Advocacy
  •   Arts
  •   Child abuse & support
  •   Clothing & laundry
  •   Condoms
  •   Financial literacy
  •   Food assistance
  •   Foster care
  •   Health insurance
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Homeless
  •   Income assistance
  •   Job readiness
  •   Legal assistance
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Life skills
  •   Mental health
  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   Oral health
  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption
  •   Relationship violence & abuse support
  •   School readiness
  •   Sex trafficking & support
  •   Sexual assault & support
  •   Sexual health education
  •   Special health care needs
  •   STD testing
  •   Substance use & abuse
  •   Trauma, grief & loss
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development

Youth Services and Advocacy Project (YSAP)

1001 E Fayette St Office of Youth Violence Prevention Baltimore MD 21202

 (410) 396-2206

  •   Asthma
  •   Birth control
  •   Condoms
  •   Foster care
  •   Health insurance
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   HIV testing
  •   HIV treatment & Ryan White
  •   Homeless
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Life skills
  •   Mental health
  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   Oral health
  •   Parenting
  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption
  •   PrEP
  •   Relationship violence & abuse support
  •   Sex trafficking & support
  •   Sexual assault & support
  •   Sexual health education
  •   Shelter & housing
  •   STD testing
  •   STD treatment
  •   Substance use & abuse
  •   Trauma, grief & loss
  •   Youth development

Foster Care Parent Ombudsman

The Foster Parent Ombudsman serves as an advocate for foster parents and kinship providers, and may act as an intermediary between them and local departments of social services when issues need to be resolved. The Ombudsman may investigate complaints against foster parents. The Foster Parent Ombudsman reports to the Office of Secretary in Maryland’s Department of Human Services.

 (410) 767-9672

  •   Crisis
  •   Foster care

Harbel Prevention and Recovery Center

5807 Harford Rd Baltimore MD 21214

 (410) 444-2100

  •   Foster care
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Substance use & abuse

WIN Family Services

2502 W Northern Parkway Baltimore MD 21215

 (410) 578-8003

  •   Foster care
  •   Life skills
  •   Mental health
  •   Schools & after school programs
  •   Special health care needs
  •   Substance use & abuse
  •   Trauma, grief & loss
  •   Youth development
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