Besides those who are mentally or physically unwell, are there any other types of people who you think should avoid foster care?
Wow! This is a really great (and kind of hard!) question! It’s really hard to think of scenarios that would not be appropriate for foster care.
- Those with 5 (or more) kids – In the state of South Carolina, there can’t be more than five kids in the home under the age of 18. This number will include biological children, so if your family already has five children, you won’t be able to foster.
- Okay, really, that’s the only situation in which I can see fostering would not work.
Let’s talk about those who can foster:
- Those who love children
- Those who have less than five kids in their house already (see above)
- Those who want to make a difference in the world
- Those who are willing to make sacrifices to help those who have suffered abuse and neglect
- Those who want to give a normal family environment to those children who have never experienced that
- Those who have a loving home
- Those who want to introduce Jesus to kids who may have never heard His name
- Those who think they are probably not qualified (but really are)
Does this sound like you? Does it sound like someone you know? This series isn’t really about trying to convince anyone to become foster parents. It’s really just to raise awareness, shed some light on the real world of foster care, and perhaps change some stigmas that exist. However, if you feel like fostering is something you could do (and you CAN!) and maybe it even feels like something you should do, please contact the Child Protective Services or Department of Social Services in your area to inquire. There are even contact forms online that make it easy to gather information!
I recognize that not all family situations are conducive to foster care, be it because of unhealthy family dynamics, etc. However, I really do believe many more people who think they couldn’t do it, in fact can do foster care. Many people ask, “Is it really as hard as it sounds?” My answer is always a resounding YES. In fact, it’s so much harder!! But it is so worth it.