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The Children’s Guild Alliance Celebrates National Foster Care Month with Foster Parent Information Session on May 26

The Children’s Guild Alliance’s Family Life Education Treatment Foster Care program will hold an online information session for prospective foster parents on Wednesday, May 26, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Children’s Guild is recruiting foster parents for children who have experienced trauma or other challenges. Treatment foster care is a treatment-oriented approach to caring for a child with special needs.

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the 423,000 children and youth in foster care across the country. This year, National Foster Care Month focuses on how to strengthen connections and the role of family and youth engagement at every stage, according to the Children’s Bureau.

“Caring for children who’ve experienced trauma is a high calling and one we take seriously at The Children’s Guild Alliance,” said Jenny Livelli, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild Alliance. “We welcome families who have a heart for children and want the best in foster care training. We provide the resources you need and walk with you every step of the way.”

The information session offers an introduction to becoming foster parents and is open to anyone interested in the fostering process. The session addresses the requirements for becoming a foster parent including home assessment, major clearances and required documentation as well as home study and preservice training. Attending an information session constitutes the first phase of The Children’s Guild Treatment Foster Care preservice training and preparation.

The Children’s Guild Alliance offers the second phase of preservice training in the form of P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information Development and Education) Foster Parent Training.

“Even during these challenging times, The Children’s Guild Alliance and our licensed foster parents can offer children in foster care the guidance, stability and love that are so essential for becoming successful adults,” said Terry M. Baisden, Family Life Education director for The Children’s Guild Alliance. “We greatly appreciate and recognize all that foster parents do to help change a lifetime for a child in need.”

To attend an information session, register online at For more information, visit, call 410.444.3804, ext. 1297, or email [email protected].

The Children’s Guild Alliance’s Kids First Celebration honors Dr. Andrew L. Ross

The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations in Maryland and Washington, D.C., will hold its 2021 Kids First Celebration, an evening honoring Dr. Andrew L. Ross, senior advisor and former president and CEO. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

At the event, The Children’s Guild Alliance will present the 2021 Sadie Award to Ross for his 26 years of visionary leadership of The Children’s Guild Alliance and lifetime dedication to putting kids first and transforming the way America cares for and educates its children. The Sadie Award recognizes people who embody the organization’s spirit and vision of making the seemingly impossible possible.

Dr. Andrew L. Ross became president and CEO of The Children’s Guild in 1995. When Ross joined The Children’s Guild, the organization had two special education schools, one group home and a $6 million budget. Today, with over an $80 million budget, the organization serves close to 6,000 children through two special education schools, four charter/contract schools, three therapeutic group homes, a treatment foster care program and a behavioral health program that serves students in 90 schools throughout Maryland.

Ross was instrumental in developing TranZed Apprenticeships, returning preschool programming to The Children’s Guild Alliance and creating Transformation Education, which puts the needs of the child ahead of the needs of the adult and creates a culture of learning to meet the individualized learning styles of each child using brain-based learning methods.

For more information and sponsorships or tickets to The Kids First Celebration, visit

The Children’s Guild Alliance Holds Virtual Hiring Fairs on April 28 and 29, 2021

The Children’s Guild Alliance, a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C., will conduct virtual hiring fairs in April for child-serving professionals seeking positions as teachers, teacher assistants, clinicians, school social workers and instructional and behavior coaches.

The hiring fairs will take place on: 

  • Wednesday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET for all The Children’s Guild Alliance career opportunities
  • Thursday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET for all The Children’s Guild Alliance career opportunities

The Children’s Guild Alliance consists of more than 500 professionals in special education schools, charter and contract schools, clinic and school-based mental health services, therapeutic group homes and other programs. The organization serves thousands of youths, young adults and their families and works to transform how America cares for and educates its children.

To learn more and register for a virtual hiring fair, visit

Monarch Academy Annapolis holds Virtual Open House April 17 at 11 a.m.

Monarch Academy Annapolis, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools and operated by The Children’s Guild Alliance, will hold a virtual open house for interested families on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11 a.m., a change from 1 p.m., which was previously announced.

Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues.

Among the school’s offerings, classrooms partner with teachers in Central and South America to teach Spanish language and culture. In addition, the school exclusively offers Canopy, a course that provides students the opportunity to learn and practice social-emotional skills utilizing an arts-integrated approach.

The school also offers the eSchool @ Monarch Academy Annapolis, a blended distance learning permanent program option for pre-K through fifth grade students. Instruction is 80% virtual and up to 20% in-classroom and provides the same rigorous programs and services. The eSchool will continue even after Anne Arundel County Public Schools opens for hybrid or fully in-person learning.

The school is located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis and open to all Anne Arundel County students entering pre-K through fifth grade. To register for the open house, apply for admission or learn more, visit