You are probably scouring the Internet on information on fostering children. Maybe you have found some good information, maybe you have not. If you are considering fostering, there are some things you should know. Is it right for you? Is it something you can do long term? Let’s find out.
Fostering requires patience
There is not one aspect of fostering that does not require some patience. First of all, the process of getting your foster care license requires patience in every form. You’re at the mercy of someone else to license you, so it requires waiting. Secondly, every aspect of fostering requires some sort of patience. From waiting to get a placement to seeing the placement through all the requirements that have been laid before you both. Fostering is right for you if you can gain a little patience.
Fostering is a financial commitment
When people say that someone is in it for the money, I cringe. You do get a per diem for fostering a child, but it is a financial commitment. You need to be able to support family financially without the daily per diem. The money you get will literally cover the child you’re fostering and that is it. When you get your first placement, you will see what is meant by this.
Fostering requires a heart for reunification
A lot of people are confused by the foster care system, trust me, I get it. Most children in the foster care system have a goal of being reunited with the family. The foster care system has the goal of putting the family back together as soon as they can. It will make your heart hurt, but if you cannot support reunification, it’s going to be hard to foster children.
Fostering children is a change of pace
It can be hard to welcome a new child into your life. However, it’s a very rewarding process. Of course, it’s rewarding in knowing you’re helping a child, but it’s rewarding in how much it changes your family. You are doing something now about a crisis that is happening across America. Whether you’re able to help one child or a whole group of siblings, you’re truly making a difference.
Is fostering right for you?
As you learn more about fostering, you will know if this way of life is for you. While it is not a financial reward, it truly is a heart reward. Your whole family will be stretched and changed in ways you never imagined.
Are you a foster parent? What made you take the leap?
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