Good morning Foster Care Kids Need Love Too Family,
We want to share some information for those who want to be foster care parents.
The following 6 statements describe the basic knowledge base of successful foster parents. Of course there is more to being a foster parent, but these 6 points are a great place to start.
Foster Care Skill #1 – Know your home and family.
Before jumping into foster care, most families spend two or three years just thinking about it. Here are a few points to consider before making the final decision on whether or not to do foster care.
- There are a few restrictions on who can become a foster parent and each state has its own guidelinesto follow.
- There are several skills that successful foster parents need to master, such as patience and the ability to say good-bye.
- It’s important to prepare your children for foster caretoo. All members of your immediate family, evenhesitant husbands, need to be on board with this decision as adding to the family, even if just temporary, does shift the natural flow of your home.
- Know that not all of your family and friends will be supportive of your decision to become a foster family.
- Understand that fostering can and will have an impact on your marriage, but a healthy dose of humor can ease any stressful situation.
- Understand that providing foster care will have an affect on your children, but preparation of your children and being selective on the types of behaviors you foster will help.
- If after some research you decide that foster care is not for you, there are other ways to be of support foster children or those who are active foster parents.
- Perhaps you want to foster, but feel that this is just not the right time. There are severalthings you can do now to prepare yourself and your family to becoming foster parents later.
Foster Care Skill #2 – Know how to communicate.
You will be communicating with many different people as a foster parent. This list may include:
- birth family
- teachers and other school officials