Support for Success
Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Most foster and adoptive parents would share that providing a family for kids from foster care is incredibly rewarding, and like running a marathon, can be exhausting and challenging. Children from foster care have experienced trauma, grief and loss. As a result, foster parents often have weekly calendars filled with appointments for therapists, doctors, case workers, and schools, not to mention all the other responsibilities and roles of everyday life. Even at home, the demands of building trust, developing healthy new behaviors, diligent supervision and managing one’s own emotions can tax the resources of any parent.
While loving and caring for foster and adopted children may seem all-consuming, making time for self care and a support system are crucial to you and your family’s health and well-being. There is much at stake if your personal health is not prioritized so finding ways to refresh physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually are critical.
Foster and adoptive parents, like runners, are encouraged by fans in the stand, or better yet, others running with them. If married, making time to grow and have fun with your spouse, spending individual time with any other children, enjoying life-giving friendships and having someone to call when you need a break or just to talk, are all necessary elements for success.
Exodus 17:12-13 (NIV)