Foster Parenting – Becoming Foster Parents


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Foster parenting is a method by which a child is placed in a foster home, ward, or private facility of a state-approved caregiver, often referred to as a foster parent or with a relative approved by the state. The placement of the individual child is usually arranged through a social service agency or the government. In some instances, the parents may themselves be foster parents. The aim of foster parenting is to ensure that children are provided with all the services and assistance they need, including emotional, medical, and social care.

Several Different Types Of Foster Parenting

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There are several different types of foster parenting. In some instances, foster families help birth families where one or both parents have died. In other instances, foster families help birth families where either parent is incarcerated in the hospital. And in still other instances, foster families are assigned by a court order to care for an in-law or sibling of an individual who is in immediate need of care. In short, foster families work to match prospective adoptive parents with potential birth families.

Contrary to popular belief, foster parenting is not “for children only.” Adoptive parents, through their foster parenting practices, assist in preventing the return to foster homes of children who may have experienced trauma. They also play an important role in assisting the adopted child adapt to his or her new environment, both emotionally and physically. Most importantly, foster families are there to offer love and support regardless of how the family unit may be undergoing changes due to divorce, separation, death, or other traumatic events.

Many Advantages To Foster Parenting

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There are many advantages to foster parenting. For example, foster parents tend to be very understanding and compassionate people. They take the time to listen to the concerns and emotions of the children placed in their care. While they do expect to receive some criticism from the older children they are responsible for looking out for the best interests of each child involved. Furthermore, while most foster families do not place younger children with families where there are older children, they can sometimes place older children with families where there are younger children.

Adopting a child from another household helps to establish a child’s continuity of life, as well as family identity. When families whose parents have died separate and divorced place their children together, they develop many of the same patterns of behavior that often define dysfunctional families. It is important for foster parents to try to help create stable and loving relationships with all children involved in their care. Most importantly, foster parents help to re-establish a child’s sense of continuity of life by providing consistent nurturing and positive influences.

Foster Parenting Is Very Similar To Adopting

As mentioned earlier, foster parenting is very similar to adopting. While both involve the voluntary agreement of two adults, they differ in many ways. One obvious difference is the level of involvement required. While adopted children are likely to stay in their natural families, many foster parents are likely to spend substantial time with the children they care for. In addition, most foster parents are likely to provide more than just a temporary living situation for a child.

One key difference between fostering and adoption is the requirement that a child be removed from his or her home immediately after placement. With foster parenting, placement is not permanent. If the agency caseworker feels that the best opportunity for a child to return to his or her natural family is not present, the child will be returned to his or her biological mother or other permanent home.

Final Words

Adoption is often a very good choice for older children. However, like foster parenting, there is always the risk of removal. For this reason, many foster parents choose to become permanent parents. The emotional strain associated with becoming a foster parent, combined with the knowledge that you are simply providing a different kind of home for a child can make this an extremely satisfying and rewarding choice.

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