What It Takes to Foster
Children in need of foster parents come in all ages, races, and genders and can stay in a foster home for varying lengths of time-from temporary care to the potential to provide permanent placement. It takes a special person to become a foster parent, if you think you are interested in becoming one, there are several things that should be considered:
Your willingness and ability: McKinley is committed to diversity and different family styles, any willing and qualified foster parent will be successful in helping a child in need.
Support: Evaluate the support system you have at home. Being a foster parent can be stressful and having someone you can talk to is invaluable. If you don’t have a support system already in place, there are support groups for foster parents.
Selflessness: Decide if you can be completely selfless when it comes to the amount of time and love you can invest into a foster child. There is a very real possibility that the only return you get is the knowledge that you are helping someone in need, and you should be prepared for that. You also need to be capable of saying goodbye to your foster child when it is time for him or her to eventually move on. Focusing on the child’s wellbeing can mean some hard times, but can also can be one of the most rewarding.
Child’s past: Remember that one of the reasons a child may be placed into a foster home may lead them to acting out or exhibiting signs of being anxious, resentful, angry, or sad; among others. They may have experienced abuse or trauma and while their response is not your fault, it is something you will need to handle without taking it personally.
Other children in your home: Do you have your own kids? Take them into consideration when you think about becoming a foster parent. Think about how old your kids are and what an ideal age would be for a prospective foster child.
Interested in Adoption?
Adopting a child can be a long and arduous process, but we want you to know the McKinley Foster Family & Adoptions Agency is here to help and assist you every step of the way. If you’ve read through the “Become a Foster Parent” section and are ready to take the first step toward becoming a foster parent, please call us for more information.