Foster parents face many challenges when they care for a child who is not their own. Foster parenting can be extremely taxing on a family. Even when relatives take on this unexpected role, they may feel physically and emotionally unprepared to care for these children.
Life changes, often at a moment’s notice.
Foster parents immediately begin working with a caseworker, licensing worker, the child’s family, and often therapists or other workers, especially if the child has health or developmental needs. New personalities, new regulations and new routines can quickly become overwhelming.
The role of foster parents is to love a child wholeheartedly and to care for his/her needs for as long as necessary. But they must also leave 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 mentally and physically exhausting, emotionally draining and easily misunderstood.
What if we, as the Body of Christ, rally around foster parents? 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?
Learn ways to support foster parents and the rest of the foster care community in your area:
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
- Heart Gallery Listings by State
- Waiting Children Statistics by State
- Foster Care Adoption Information
* These resources are not representatives of TFI.