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On Becoming A Foster Parent

Updated on October 7, 2013

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Foster Parenting

Foster parenting is difficult, challenging and at the same time rewarding.  Before becoming a foster parent, several things must be taken into consideration. 

For example, do you have the room to accommodate a child/children?  You will need to have a bedroom and bed available for them. 

If you have a partner/spouse living with you, do they desire to be a foster parent as well?  If you are in such a relationship, foster parenting is a team effort.  It will require both of you to be active participants.  Both people will be required to attend the necessary training sessions, as well as supplemental training.  Each of you needs to be fully committed to the job.

Criminal record checks must be passed.  Record intervention checks will also be made. 

Foster parents are required to take parenting courses.  Of course, there will be a home study done to determine if the applicants are suitable to meet the needs of foster children.   This study will be quite extensive and thorough, and this is quite understandable.  Perspective foster parents will be asked to give references along with names and numbers of some family members and friends.  Some or all of them will be called by the social worker carrying out the home assessment.

There is so much more to consider than simply the room and space.  Speak to seasoned foster parents.  Ask the hard questions.  If you do not know any foster parents in your area, ask your support worker for names of those that would be willing to talk with you. 

Foster parenting is a twenty-four hour a day job, seven days a week.  It is not like shift work.  You can’t call in “sick” and not go to work that day. 

Becoming foster parents also affects your own children, especially those still living at home.  They may find the newcomers intrusive and resent the fact that they are staying in “their” home.  They may not want to share their parents and space with other children.  These factors have to be considered. 

There are many positive outcomes for your biological children when they have foster siblings.  They learn a lot about intolerance and acceptance.  They learn a lot of valuable lessons such as the importance of giving of oneself and sharing. 

If you are considering becoming a Foster Parent, I would encourage you to call a local agency to find out more about how you can become one and what is involved.  Children are in need.     Children are waiting!



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    • westernangel profile image

      westernangel 8 years ago from Canada

      Good for you angela_michelle We need more good foster homes. It's great that you are able to adopt your little girl. Keep up the good work.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you for this article. We are new foster parents, we are actually adopting a five year old (she's turning six soon) that started as a foster child. We look forward to more foster care experiences. I have to admit my greatest fear is the heartbreak that goes along with it.

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      westernangel 8 years ago from Canada

      We have the foster to adopt program here too. Thanks for stopping by

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      goodfriendiam 8 years ago

      Were I am from you can get into this program, that's called foster to adopt. If one of the children comes up for adoption, you have first option to adopt the little I love children, and I believe there needs to be more good foster homes out there. Thanks for the hub. Dee

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      westernangel 8 years ago from Canada

      Ladybird, It's nice to know that you are discussing becoming foster parents. If there is anything I can do, let me know. If you have any questions, ask away.

      advisor4qb..Yes, isn't it sad that there are so many suffering and orphaned children, abused and unwanted children? There's a lot of things we don't understand, but we do what we can when we can. Glad you liked the hub.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Being a mother to a child that is not your own is a deed worthy of praise.  There are so many motherless and orphaned children, children with disabilities, abused children and unwanted children that it is sickening.  It takes a very special soul to undertake this challenge.  Kudos to you for this hub!

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      My husband and I have been thinking about this and I liked reading this hub and learning more about it. We just are in the beginning stages, really, just discussing it. I didn't think about it all as you mentioned above. great time for us :) Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      I admire you for fostering Angie, I know people who have fostered . A lot of those kids have problems, yours and mine would never encounter

      It takes a lot of time and patience and a lot of committment, HATS OFF TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR FOSTERING

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. I think parenting is parenting, regardless of whether the child is yours biologically or not.  The issue hinges more on the history, age and the backgroud of the foster child as they relate the ages of your child/children. The other issue is how willing your own children are to accepting another child into your home and into their lives, and sharing attention and affection with the parent.