Is Becoming a Foster Parent Right For Me?
Updated: Jan 2, 2019
The decision to become a foster parent can be a daunting one. Experiencing a new, untested challenge can always provide hesitation or reservations. However, there is nothing quite as rewarding as making a positive impact in a child’s life.
We understand how important it is to consider all the changes you could face becoming a foster parent. Below are some details and tips that you may want to be aware of before taking that next step!
Ensure you have a strong support system in place! Your friends and family should be made aware of this potential change, and encouraged to learn more about the foster care system.
Be sure to include every member of the household in the decision making process, including any other children you may have.
Consider current demands and stressors in your life to ensure you are in the right place to add an additional hurdle.
Be aware of your limits and have your supports in place. Many foster agencies offer reprieve for those moments when you need a little extra help.
Like any child, a child in foster care will have different obligations - doctor appointment, therapy appointments, drop-offs and pickups! Be sure to have flexibility to accommodate their needs.
If you are able to confidentiality meet all of the above expectations, you would be well prepared to consider becoming a foster parent. With the proper supports, full understanding of the situation, and flexibility, a child in foster care would be incredibly fortunate to have you a part of their lives.