From the article: What Does It Mean to Foster a Child?
Foster parenting is a tough job, but so many of us continue to work with the children and families within the foster care system despite the challenges. What keeps you going as a foster parent? What does foster parenting mean to you? Share the good feelings that keep you going. Sometimes we all need to hear about the good stuff. Share Your Feelings
National Foster Care Month
- I have been a Foster/Adoptive parent for 21 years with 20 children placed in my home. It has been a wonderful journey and one that I would not hesitate doing all over again. My children continue to empower me and I'm a better individual and human being because of them. To have been able to watch my children prosper and grow has been absolutely incredible. I am so proud of all of them and what they have accomplished. Over 450,000 0f America's children need permanent and loving families to care for them. May is the time to recognize all those individuals, foster parents, relative care givers, social workers,mentors,advocates and volunteers who have dedicated and sacrificed their time and energy in helping children in need. Please consider being a Foster /Adoptive parent today. Thank you.
- —Guest Larry Branson
A True Desire to Help
- I am not a Foster parent yet but I am in the process and cannot wait to see what unfolds.
- —Guest Gabby
- The training time is a deterrent. Children need care ASAP and the rules and regulations really slow down the process.
- —Guest Fosterangel
I am here for them
- I am growing up and I have decided that I wanted to adopt several of kids. Why, because I know how it feels not to have anyone there for you in the time of need!!!
- —Guest a 16 year old girl
- I have been a proud single Foster/Adoptive Parent for 19 years now with 21 children placed in my home during that time. All my children were very special with their individual talents and skills. I am a better person because of these children. All of these children deserved a chance for a life and a future and I had that opportunity to make sure that their dreams came true. I have given classes for Foster Parents and their children and very much enjoy speaking to Foster Parents who are finishing their MAPP Classes. I have loved my life as a Foster Parent and will still continue to help these children as long as I can. All children deserve a Family for a lifetime. Thank you.
what foster care means to me
- There is a great feeling I get when I can send a child back home to a family that has worked out their problems and I can still keep in contact with the child and family checking on their progress. The child and family know they can call me if they are having problems or just to gab. This is what it means to me.
- I HAVE A NEED TO HELP THE KIDS IN NEED. I FEEL SO GOOD KNOWING I CAN HELP PROTECT THESE KIDS AND GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO HOLD ON TO.
- —Guest DEBORAH GILMORE
What Foster Care Means to Me
- This questions comes at a time when I am questioning whether or not I want to do this anymore. I am a single foster/maybe adoptive parent who fosters transracially. I see a big difference in the way I am treated and the way my kids cases are handled by the system. If I don't quit I think I may just foster parent within my own race.
- —Guest anjolcake