Self - Assessment
There are some questions you should ask yourself before taking the next step to be a foster parent:
- Can I love and care for a child who comes from a different background?
- Can I help a child develop a sense of belonging in my home even though the stay is temporary?
- Can I love and care for a child who, because of fear of rejection and loss, does not easily love me back?
- Am I secure enough in my parenting skills while at the same time being willing to learn new parenting skills?
- Can I set clear limits, and be both firm and understanding in my discipline?
- Do I view bed-wetting, lying, defiance, and minor destructiveness as symptoms of a child in need?
- Can I tolerate major failures and small successes?
- Can I accept assistance and guidance from trained social workers?
- Can I maintain a positive attitude toward a child's parents, even though many of the problems the child is experiencing are a direct result of the parent's actions?
- Can I love this child with all my heart and let him go when it is time?