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4 Tips To Help You Become A Foster Parent

Steven Caldwell

Have you decided that you want to become a foster parent, but you do not know much about it? While the entire experience can be quite challenging and rewarding, you need to know what to expect so that everything goes smoothly. Here are some tips that will help you become a foster parent.

Know The Requirements

It's important to be aware that every state has its own requirements for what it takes to become a foster parent. Start by researching your local requirements so that you are fully aware of the criteria. This includes things like necessary training that you must take, licensing, and other requirements, all of which you may not expect if you did not do your research. For example, just to name a few key requirements, Illinois requires 27 hours of foster care training, a home inspection, and a criminal background check.

Attend The Training Sessions

The training sessions are a good way to learn what to expect as a foster parent. They are going to teach you more about the challenges that you can end up facing, as well as the support that will be made available to you when you need it. The training sessions are also a good way to decide if benign a foster parent is really the right thing for you, which is another reason why they are required. 

Be Open-Minded

Being a foster parent means that you must be willing to take in children from various backgrounds, and they have likely experienced some sort of trauma in their life. That's why you must be open-minded with how you approach being a parent since you'll need to adapt to the needs of every child that you take in. The process is quite different from adoption, where you typically work with the birth mother before you decide to adopt.

Be Prepared To Work With The Birth Family When Possible

There are some situations when foster care is only a temporary situation, and the goal is to reunify the child and their birth family someday. If this is the case, then you must be prepared to work with the birth family while the child is under your foster care. It is the foster parent's responsibility to advocate for the child and what would be in their best interest, which is that future unification if it is possible. 

Reach out to a local foster parenting program in your area if you are interested in more tips.