The Journey Begins
Are you beginning the process of becoming a foster parent, adoptive parent or do you know someone else who is? There are many things to consider, many decisions to make and many steps to take before you’re ready to parent a child placed in foster care. Along the way, you’ll learn about the child welfare system and how best to parent children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect, loss and grief. You’ll also learn new things about yourself and if married, your spouse. The required classes, paperwork and home study bring multiple opportunities for self-reflection and discussion of personal and family history. Then, there’s the uncertainty and waiting which will stretch and grow your faith, offering glimpses of God as father, deliverer, comforter, hope and ever present help in time of need.
The journey is well worth the effort. Tens of thousands of children enter the foster care system each year needing a safe, caring, temporary family and tens of thousands of children await a permanent family and place to call home right here in the USA. The steps to foster or adopt may seem endless, but each one is significant in preparing parents to care for a traumatized child who needs a safe place to call home.