While fostering parenting can be a challenging undertaking, foster parents may well experience the satisfaction of knowing they are assisting a child in crisis and are contributing to a better future for a youngster who has been entrusted to their care. Fostering is a family affair and will have an impact both positively, and sometimes negatively on your whole family. It is important to know this as you determine whether or not, fostering may be right for all of you at this juncture in your lives. In determining whether or not foster care is right for you, it may be helpful to consider some of the following questions:
- Do I genuinely enjoy caring for children?
- Can I accept a foster child as a valued part of my family?
- Is my life (relationship/marriage/partnership, children, health, financial situation etc.) stable enough at the present time to accommodate caring for a child?
- Am I flexible and open to change and can I live with “unknowns”?
- Do I have room in my home to accommodate a foster child(ren) who may require his or her own room?
- Would I enjoy working in partnership with professionals, such as social workers, teachers, child and youth workers, therapists and other medical professionals?
- Am I comfortable with diversity, and could I care for a child whose racial, cultural, religious background differs from my own?
- Am I willing to acknowledge the importance of a child’s family of origin and to do what it takes to support a foster child’s connection with his/her family whenever possible?
- Will the significant people in my life (family and friends) welcome a foster child and support me in my role?
If you answered YES to all or most of the questions above, then considering foster care, may well be right for you and your family.