When a foster parent brings a child into their home, they face many new challenges. Foster parenting can be extremely taxing on a family. Sometimes relatives take on this role unexpectedly and feel physically and emotionally unprepared to care for these children.
Not only does life change often at a moment’s notice, your foster child may bring with him/her health or developmental needs, you will begin working with a caseworker, licensing worker, the child’s family, and often therapists or other workers.
A foster parent’s role is to love a child wholeheartedly and to care for his/her needs but to hold their arms open because the goal for this child (in most cases) is to return home to his/her parents. Foster parents have a beautiful opportunity to come alongside an entire family. Foster parenting can be stretching, emotionally draining, and easily misunderstood.
What if the Body of Christ rallied around foster parents? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we welcomed foster children into our churches with the same enthusiasm we show a mother with her newborn baby? When the Church supports foster parents, they are encouraged and better equipped to serve the children in their care.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we welcomed foster children into our churches with the same enthusiasm we show a mother with her newborn baby?
Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent?
1. Seek wisdom from the Lord.
2. Talk to a Foster Parent about their experiences or ask us! We’d love to help you!
3. Find a foster care agency near you and ask them about foster parenting training courses required in your area. They will walk you through the process including training, homestudy/licensing process, and accepting a placement!
Other helpful information:
- Foster Care Information by State
- Foster Care Web Sites by State
- Foster Care Specialists by State
- Heart Gallery Listings by State
- Waiting Children Statistics by State
- Wednesday’s Child