Is Foster Parenting a Good Fit for You?

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?