Serving as a foster parent isn’t for everyone—and that's okay! What can be for everyone is supporting foster families! Foster families need it, deserve it, and will likely welcome it.
Here are ways you can help:
Quick Support-For those what don't have much time to give but would still like to show support.
Strong Support-Great for those who are close to the foster family but may have their own major responsibilities going on.
All-In Support-Great for those who are retired or otherwise able to make a major investment in the foster family.
Ultimately, the best way to help foster families is to talk to them. It may not work to ask "what can I do to help?", because many will probably say they don't need anything. But hopefully by listening to their situation, you'll be able to gather their true needs and can support them in a way that works for you.
Thanks for being a part of a foster child's village!
I knew the first few weeks/months of fostering were going to be challenging but I was still surprised by the reality: mandatory doctor appointments, forms, visits, school enrollment, not to mention trying to help everyone adjust--it all felt a bit overwhelming in that moment.
I've realized it doesn't actually have to feel that way if you know what steps you have to take and then just take it one step at a time. Here's the checklist I'll be using for our next placement.
First 24 Hours
Day 2 & 3
The first week is filled with plenty to do, without a doubt. Fortunately, as paperwork and mandatory appointments slow down a bit, you then get to focus more on building routine and bonding—the good stuff.
I'm a foster mom, bio mom, working mom, special needs mom, busy mom. I'm also married to my high school sweetheart, I'm a proud 23-year childhood cancer survivor, and I'm passionate about serving my community.
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