Becoming a foster parent is a fulfilling way to volunteer and help kids in need . It is also an opportunity for people who want to adopt but are unable to at the moment. Becoming a foster parent requires patience, an understanding of child development, and the compassion to provide love and support for children as they go through difficult times in their lives.
From the moment you decide to become a foster parent, you will have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of an orphaned child. There are many ways to become a foster parent, including fostering your own child, being approved to care for someone else’s children, or becoming an emergency placement for children who urgently need out-of-home care.
There are some requirements that must be met before obtaining approval as a foster parent and these requirements vary depending on your state.
Foster care also involves partnering with social workers, schools and community resources to meet an infant, child or young person’s needs.
The key qualification is being able to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of a child. Foster care agencies are able to help you evaluate whether this is something you might be able to do. They do this through a process that helps you and the agency evaluate your capabilities.
An important aspect is to not put any pressure on yourself. You need to show the agency and your family you are ready for this work. It is vital that you will enjoy doing it and be able to make that enthusiasm
pass onto your foster child. You have to be able to set yourself up to be successful, which is possible if you are mentally, emotionally and physically prepared.
In addition, most agencies would expect that you meet the following:
Provide 24-hour care and supervision on a daily basis.
Be flexible enough to set specific milestones at various times during the day
Be able to help with transportation
Be able to work with no supervision
Here is generally some of the basic things you need in order to become a foster parent:
1) Be willing and able to provide basic needs like food, clothing and shelter.
2) Be at least 21 years old
3) Provide three references who have known you