Can You Be a Foster Parent?


November 24, 2009 by greenhouse04

Mr. Green and I are on our way to becoming licensed Foster Parents… we have been on our way since last May!  We have learned ALOT already, and we don’t even have a child in our home yet!  For those of you who are considering becoming Foster Parents, here’s a quick test to see if you’d make it! (in the state of Kansas, that is)

1.  Do you have a First Aid kit in every vehicle?

2.  Do you have supplies on hand for both genders and several different ages of child?

3.  Would your child be protected from bodies of water, including streams, ponds, pools, or hot tubs?

4.  Can you make the decision to add a child to your family within a couple of hours?

5.  Are your cats/dogs immunized every year, and do you have the paperwork to prove it?

6.  Do you keep all medication, including vitamins, behind lock and key?

7.  Do you have an egress window in your basement?

8.  Do all your potential babysitters have background checks on file?

9.  Can you deal with the possibility of losing your child?

10.  Do you care about children who haven’t been given a chance?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, you may want to reconsider becoming Foster Parents.  However, if you answered a resounding “YES” to the last question, the previous questions may merely be a nuisance you can deal with.

More insights on Foster Parenting to come! (as we actually begin to Foster Parent!)


2 thoughts on “Can You Be a Foster Parent?

  1. thewifeiam says:

    I’ve often wondered about becoming a foster parent later. Not anytime soon. But one day. How do you like it?
    What types of children do you care for? Do you feel like you are doing good for these kids. I live in a small town and haven’t heard a lot about foster parenting. I know it’s temporary for kids who need to be taken care of. What are some reasons why kids need foster parenting?
    Hey thanks for taking the time to read this.
    TTY soon!!!!

    • greenhouse04 says:

      Hi Skylar, thanks for asking the questions! I didn’t hear much about foster parenting before becoming one, either. I’ll send you an email and answer your questions more in-depth. Let me just say here that I’ve become convinced through fostering (I wasn’t convinced before!) that one of the best ways to show love to the helpless and forgotten is to do foster care. These are the “orphans” of our time and place. As a follower of Christ, I feel this is a huge way to follow his example of loving the least.

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