In life, learning takes place when a person has a challenge to tackle. The challenge of foster parenting uses skills that are best learned when you have a foster child in your home "living with you". With this in mind, you will need to receive additional input from: parenting books, parenting videos, other foster parents, and training classes. Then you must put into practice what you learn!
Integrating foster children with your own children tends to concern most people. One parent asked me, "Can I provide foster care if my children are two and three years old?" I said emphatically, "Yes!" It is good to have other children in the home. However, if you are experiencing difficulty with your own children then foster parenting may not be the best route at this point.
Another strength that will help you to succeed is being organized. Each foster child will have a host of different appointments that will occur weekly and monthly. These appointments may include: doctors, dentist, supervisors, natural family members, therapist, physicals, lab test visits, training meetings, teachers, PTA, shopping, court hearings, probation officers, lawyers, friends, etc. Their needs must be coordinated with the needs of your own children, your spouse and yourself. I will share with you some helpful hints on maintaining a date book, history folder, fire drill records and medical records in future articles.
I hope that these points will help you to decide if foster parenting is the right fit for you. I’m not here to convince you to sign up to do foster care but to give you help and facts...the real facts. Maybe you have what it takes to be a foster parents. When you make the commitment to open your home to foster care you will be doing a good thing. You may even save a child’s life! Be that someone to give a child a chance to someday enjoy a happy and healthy home of their own.
Credits: by Jeffrey Silla
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