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Foster Parent Concerns

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As a foster parent, you have many responsibilities. You are responsible for every child within your home. You're in charge of how they act, how they treat each other, and how they deal with any emotional or mental problems or setbacks. You're in charge of their health and making sure they're taken care of. This can be a lot to handle, especially if you have multiple children living in your home and depending on you, but it a duty you willingly signed up for. Because of this, you have a responsibility to follow through with your commitment. Failing to do so could hurt your foster children more than they already are. Some of your foster children will have come with emotional baggage and from traumatic life events. They need stability and security. They need to feel safe and loved and needed. You can provide your foster children with that. However, if you can't cope, it's important to find another foster parent who can. These children come first. To help deal with your stress and concerns about yourself and your foster children, take a look at the pages below. Remember, even when you're having a hard day, know that you're not alone. There are resources and people out there ready and willing to help you. All you have to do is ask.

Abusive Child
Sometimes, you may find that your children are abusing each other. This can be torturous for you as a parent, and as a foster parent. Some situations can be extreme. One young girl ... [more]

Runaways, Parenting Skills, Family in Crisis, False Allegations, Discipline, Culture & Race, Behaviors, Safety
Once you become a Foster Parent, it is important to consider the safety issues in your home. Below I will list questions that walk you through a safety check-list. It is important to have ... [more]

Health
Attachment & Bonding Sources of information, guidance, and treatment professionals for attachment and bonding concerns, including Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) ... [more]

Fostering Teens
Foster children have a hard time trusting others, and this is especially true for teens. By the time the child reaches her teen years, she has been shuffled from home to home and school to... [more]

Stress
There were several studies conducted in the early 1980's that indicated that child abuse occurred at a higher rate in foster homes than in the general population. Although those studies may not.... [more]
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Maria - 2 months ago
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we are foster parents with a child who is up for adoption-we can't find any information on subsidary if we adopt. we also can't decide if it would be in his best interest when it comes to college, we know he would be taken care of financially if he remains state custody. Does anyone know how Wva handles this, or what would be the best for us all #1
millie - 12 months ago
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Sharon: I live in Illinois and we had four adopted children with subsidies that ran through their twentieth year. It stopped on their 21st birthday. We also had the benefit of Medicaid until they were 21. One of them, who is special needs, gently slipped into SSI (I worked like anything to see that done) and a supervised living home near to us. This was a significant number of years ago. And we had to find out the state's rules on our own - thru the ombudsman - because even when we asked our 'old' caseworker, we got no reliable information. Give it a try. Two of them went to college, and those subsidies were a big help. #2
Kim - 7 months ago
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Are there support networks for parents with biological children that foster/adopt? #3
shan - 10 months ago
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I would really like to become a foster parent again my kids are all grown up and miss haveing lil ones around i give all parents an foster parentss alot of credit we all have hearts. #4
Sharon - 1 year ago
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I am wondering is their any adoption subsidies for an adoptive child 18 through 21? I would like to give an older child the security of a life time family but this is a consideration, #5
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