What to expect as a foster parent
As a foster parent, you are included in designing the foster environment in your home. You are encouraged to evaluate the type of child(ren) who will best fit into your family structure. You may also select the age range, gender, and types of behaviors that you feel most comfortable parenting. A narrow range, however, may limit a foster family’s ability to have a child placed in their home quickly.
An average stay could be six months to one year. It could also range from one year to a lifetime, depending on the child’s needs and your family’s goals and capacities.
Children in foster care vary tremendously, but many have experienced some kind of trauma and may have developmental delays, emotional disturbances and/or behavior problems. The good news is that as a foster parent, you have the opportunity to help these children recover and prepare them for a bright future.