Considering becoming a foster parent or taking the steps to make it happen can feel overwhelming. We have tools to help you understand the process as well as resources to help you grow into the kind of foster parent you dream of becoming.
1. Make the Decision
Is Foster Parenting Really for Me?
There are several factors to consider during this part of the journey:
- Why do I want to do this — What are my motivations?
- How does this all work when it comes to my spouse?
- What should I consider when it comes to my biological kids?
- Do I have the support system necessary to do foster care well?
- If not foster parenting, then what else could I do?
2. Get Certified
Training, Paperwork, and Preparation
While the certification process varies from state to state and even agency to agency, you should expect the following elements:
- Training (usually 30 or more hours)
- Background Checks
- Home Study
3. Learn and Grow
Gaining wisdom and finding tools
Becoming a great foster parent is an ongoing process of learning and of finding great support. Just a few of the things you’ll want to explore over time include:
- How to parent children who have experienced trauma
- How to work well with child welfare professionals
- How to partner with a child’s biological family
- How to deal with the grief and loss when a child leaves
- How to find and keep a great support system
The Foster Journey is designed to be your companion as you consider foster care and prepare to be a great foster parent. With wisdom and humor, it walks you through both the initial decision to become a foster parent and provides a road map through the certification process. This guide is a collection of insights from many who have gone before you and asks critical questions to help you along the way.
Tools to Help You
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