There are some things that potential foster parents can do to prepare for parenting these amazing and resilient kids.
The decision to become a foster parent is life-altering, exhilarating, and terrifying. Like first-time parents bringing their newborn home from the hospital, the thoughts, feelings, and experiences you have in your first days as a foster parent are incomprehensible prior to meeting your child.
However, there are some things that potential foster parents can do to prepare for parenting these amazing and resilient kids. As a mom who has been in the trenches, I’ve found each of these actions helpful at different times in our journey.
Develop a community.
I cannot stress this enough to potential foster parents: surround yourself with loving, supportive, helpful people. They don’t have to be family. They can be your close friends, your church community, your neighbors, or a foster care support group. Choose people whom you trust, people who are supportive of your decision to care for children in need, and people you feel comfortable asking for help. These individuals and families will become your lifeline when you feel you are drowning in the system, and your backup childcare when life doesn’t go as planned. They can also be mentors, cheerleaders, and loving influences in the lives of your children… read more.
This article was published by adoption.com.