Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a foster parent? As National Foster Care Month comes to an end, there is still a huge need for foster parents. See if you “qualify” as a foster family.
- Do you have a willing and loving heart for helping a child in need?
- Do you have skills and abilities that help you to understand what children need to overcome trauma, grow through it and develop strength and faith to endure?
- Do you feel that God is calling you to use the home he gave you, the gifts he’s bequeathed you and the talents he’s developed in you for the benefit of these wounded children?
- Do you find yourself with extra time…perhaps you don’t already have children or you will soon have an empty-nest?
- Do you have past experience as a foster child or foster family?
- Do you have a desire for a bigger family and are considering adoption or fostering?
- Do you have a desire to serve God and make a difference in someone’s life?
If you have any of these qualities you may very well make a great foster parent. Whether you realize it or not, foster families are heroes. Foster families are selfless people. Foster families are in great need.
If you’ve even had a random thought as to whether you’d be able to foster, I’d encourage you to consider looking into it.
My husband and I were foster parents for about five years and had six beautiful girls come through our home. We still “share” time with one of those sweet little girls and she calls us “mommy and daddy”. We’ve had the privilege of adopting another little guy we fostered while his mother was going through cancer treatments. Another one of our young ladies still considers our house her “home” when she returns from college. There have been many blessings with these children and our time as foster parents was a meaningful experience.
There are so many children out there that just need to feel loved, accepted and welcomed. If you have the patience, time and willingness to do the research for opening your home, go for it. It’s truly worth it.
Have you ever considered being a foster parent? Are you a current foster parent? What can you offer to someone that’s considering this role?