Becoming a foster parent will make a huge difference to the children you help, and it will change your life, too, hopefully for the better. However, it’s a huge decision to make, and it’s important that you have all the facts; fostering is amazing, but it’s not something that everyone will want to do or be in a position to do. This is why research is so crucial before you begin the process. If you are considering becoming a foster parent, here are some things you need to know to help you make the right choice.
Everyone Has To Agree
Just because you truly want to help a child by fostering, that doesn’t mean everyone in your household will feel the same, and it’s vital that you have this discussion before contacting a specialist agency. Unless everyone is on board with the idea, it’s just not going to work.
Therefore, sit your family down and ask them what they think about the idea. Make sure they don’t dismiss it out of hand without having all the relevant information, so why not research online together to find out all the answers to your questions? A website such as thefca.co.uk will have plenty of information to help. Only once everyone is happy to take the next steps should this happen. Otherwise, there will be issues, and of course, the foster child themselves won’t be happy either.
Almost Anyone Can Foster
Although you might think that you wouldn’t be able to foster because of any number of factors you assume wouldn’t go in your favour, the truth is that almost anyone can foster. There are limitations, and having a criminal record, for example, is one of them. Still, in most other cases, you will be perfectly acceptable when it comes to registering as a foster parent.
In other words, you don’t have to be a heterosexual married couple in their mid-thirties. You can be single, you can be LGBTQ, you can be older or younger, and so on. Don’t be put off the idea of fostering just because you don’t think you fit into the mould of what a ‘good’ foster parent should be. Children need role models from all walks of life, and if you are caring and kind, and if you have room in your home, then you could be an ideal candidate.
Fostering Is Exhausting But Rewarding
Taking care of a foster child is exhausting. Just like parenting your own child would be, there is a lot to deal with, and there might be more to deal with when it comes to a foster child since their backgrounds could be quite difficult and complicated. This means you need to be there for them at all times, able to help them, take care of them, and answer questions. It is certainly a full-on thing to do, and you will be exhausted while doing it.
However, every moment of feeling this way will be worth it when you see that you are helping someone regain their confidence, their trust in others, and that they are able to make their way in the world. Just be prepared to be mentally and physically drained, and everything else that happens will be rewarding enough to make up for it.