Post # 1
What made you decide to be a foster parent?
What do you like about being a foster parent?
Have you adopted children?
Any stories you would like to share?
I work in the schools and I had a meeting today that included the foster parents of the child we were meeting about. It made me seriously consider becoming a foster parent once FI and get married and settled. I would like to have my own children one day, but I think being foster parents would be so rewarding!
Post # 3
I am not a foster parent, but I know my grandparents were foster parents to three children in the 70s. My mother was a teenager then and she helped a lot. They wanted to adopt them, but ultimately, the biological mother became engaged to a cop and got the kids back (and it was bad business, they were malnorished when my grandparents got them and there was behavior that showed sexual abuse had taken place) however, back then, bio mom had more power. Really today, a lot of the time, bio parents get a lot of chances.
I know it broke my grandma’s heart to never hear from them again. They sent envelopes with stamps on them with the kids when they left, but never received anything. Also, the mom had moved to a different county, so if they got put back in the system, my grandparents couldn’t be their foster parents again even though they requested it.
Post # 4
I’m not a foster parent, but I would definitely be interested in it later on. Mr. S and I plan to have four kids (2 bio and 2 adopted) and then later on when they are older, I would be open to adopting or fostering older kids. We will be older then (in our mid-late twenties now) and hopefully have better parenting skills to deal with any emotional or behavioral issues.
Post # 5
If you are seriously considering becoming a foster parent, read the book “Another Place at the Table.” I think it is a fairly accurate portrayal . I’ve seen amazing foster parents, but it is absolutely a calling and something to be really prepared for.