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For all those that followed me over here from my old blog, you know that I am a former foster parent. Foster care is very near and dear to my heart. What you might not know that I also use to be the foster parent recruiter for the lead agency in my city. It was my job to find quality foster parents for the children who came into care in our city.
Being a foster parent is an amazing thing to do. If you are looking to help your community for a way to help someone and you have a love for children then you might want to consider foster care.
Before becoming a foster parent, make sure you take inventory of what it will mean for you and your family. Be sure you are well aware that becoming a foster parent is no walk in the park. It will require lots of time,patience, energy, love,and commitment. And don’t be fooled – taking in a child who has experienced trauma will not be the same as parenting your biological children.
But in my opinion, the benefits and blessings of being a foster parent far outweigh the sacrifices.
Think about the lives of the children that are in need of loving and solid homes to spend time in. Can you imagine being a child without a safe place to call home? There is perhaps nothing greater than giving up part of your home and your energy to help a child or children who are in need. What a blessing for a child to be in foster care and placed in a home filled with fun and encouragement.
For couples and singles who have ever considered adopting a child or children into their family, foster care can be a great experience to see how your family will adjust to a child who has experienced trauma, but in a less permanent way. Consider foster care first before you decide about adoption. The main goal of foster care is reunification with the parent(s) or a relative and usually does not require a long term commitment.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact a local agency on your area. Explore the possibilities and see if becoming a foster parent might be an excellent way to contribute to your local community, help a child in need of a temporary home, and quite possibly strengthen your own family, as well.