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Is Fostering a Child Right for You?

Role of Foster Parents
Foster parents provide a temporary, safe home for children in crisis. Children who need foster families have been removed from their birth family homes for reasons of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other issues endangering their health and/or safety. Many of these children are filled with fear, anger, confusion, or a sense of powerlessness at having been removed from the only home they have ever known.

Is Foster Parenting a Good Fit for You?
There are some questions you should ask yourself before taking the next step to be a foster parent:
  • Can I love and care for a child who comes from a different background?
  • Can I help a child develop a sense of belonging in my home even though the stay is temporary?
  • Can I love and care for a child who, because of fear of rejection and loss, does not easily love me back?
  • Am I secure enough in my parenting skills while at the same time being willing to learn new parenting skills?
  • Can I set clear limits, and be both firm and understanding in my discipline?
  • Do I view bed-wetting, lying, defiance, and minor destructiveness as symptoms of a child in need?
  • Can I tolerate major failures and small successes?
  • Can I accept assistance and guidance from trained social workers?
  • Can I maintain a positive attitude toward a child’s parents, even though many of the problems the child is experiencing are a direct result of the parent’s actions?
  • Can I love this child with all my heart and let him go when it is time?

Over 1,000 kids are living in foster care in Hampton Roads right now. If you think becoming a foster parent is right for you, click here.

Attend a free, no-obligation Information Session. Refreshments provided. Contact us today.

Thursday, May 28, 12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m., The Up Center, Downtown Norfolk 

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