Can I stop being a foster parent at any time?
One of the positive aspects of the logistics of foster care is that, as the foster parents, we set the parameters of our duties. We are able to choose the age and gender of our foster placements, as well as the level of their special needs. Along with that is the freedom to stop being a foster parent at any time.
Any of these parameters can obviously be abused and taken to the extreme. However, when used properly, they allow foster care to continue and be open to many different types of people.
I’ve mentioned before that we took a break from fostering for about a month. We didn’t let our license lapse or expire, but we said no to any potential placements. We have friends who had aging parents and other family things happening, so they chose to let their license expire. These are valid reasons fro discontinuing foster parenting. Truthfully, I don’t know how some people continue to do it for decades, especially with all the normal life things that happen.
I do believe that it is something most of us can do, if only for a season.
On day 30, I’ll be answering some additional questions about foster care. If you have a question you’d like answered, please email me or leave a comment!