Helping someone to grow and develop is the general meaning of the word foster. To foster is further defined as to take care of someone’s needs to grow and develop within an environment that is loving and nurturing.
Be aware that to become a foster parent, not everyone is cut out for it. The state will not only inspect the home of a family who wants to become a foster family, but also conduct a background checks on these families. If your background, both present and past, is found satisfactory enough to ensure the safety of the person to be fostered, then your next process would be to attend series of classes on how to become a foster parent.
The state will step in and conduct an investigation when there are several situations when a parent is abusive physically, sexually or emotionally to his or her child, and decide if the child has stay in that home or not. If the findings would be that the child has necessarily be removed from the present home, then the child will be placed in a foster home to be safe. Fostering a child is not as easy as it looks, and if you want to step in as a foster parent, note that it is going to be challenging but can also be rewarding.
In our country, know that there are thousands of children and adults that are under the foster care system. There are agencies with faith centered services that give support to these youths by encouraging them and giving them love like in a healthy home.These agencies have the realization that it is important for the children to receive love, shelter and safety during the time they are placed in a foster home that will hopefully help them remove the bad experiences in their past homes.
There are several advantages in foster care adoption. The agency or institution will act as the middle party between the foster parent and the child. Adopting under foster care will have documentations and the surname of the child may be replaced, unlike when you will just adopt a child on the street.
Note that the institution will do a background check on the foster parent and see if they can take care of the child financially, emotionally and spiritually, and if the child and the foster parents are compatible.
Part of the process is dialogue, which is very important so that both child and foster parent will be briefed as to what would happen. It could be overwhelming for a foster parent to know that the new child will be his or her responsibility in the years to come.