Over the years there has been a significant increase in the number of children enrolled in the foster care system. This has called a need for more foster care centers. More and more people are getting into fostering as full-time foster parents.
If you are thinking of becoming a foster parent, then there are a few qualifying parameters that you need to fulfill:
- Love and care for children
- Financial support
- Sufficient space to foster a child
- Parenting experience
- Friends and family
- Resilience to stick with it
These things would make it easier for you to become a foster parent.
How to Get Enrolled?
You should be self-supported and well equipped with the parenting skills. To begin with the enrolment process, here is a list of steps that you should follow:
1.Background check: Before starting to work as a foster parent, do remember to conduct a background check on the fostering agency that you work for. Consider checking their portfolio and the regions they operate in. These checks will enable you to decide the agency that you work with more rationally.
2·Get yourself verified: Many states require a family to get licensed for fostering. After deciding which foster agency to work with, the next thing you need to do is get yourself verified. This would help you in getting a license for fostering easily. A foster license could be easily applied for with the state authority for social works.
3·Participate in training program: Once you’ve received your license attend an orientation, participate in a foster parent training program, have yourself checked for any child abuse in past, get your home inspected and you are ready.
4·Documentation: For the document related queries Lisa Witter from Perpetual Fostering says that as part of your paperwork, you’ll need to fill out paperwork for an enhanced disclosure. This document is provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service. This requirement is for anyone that plans to work with children.
Once You Are Enrolled:
Once you are through with the process for application, you can start fostering immediately. The foster parents are decided by the state authority in association with either social works organizations or the government foster care homes depending upon what type of foster care the child needs.
There are children with special needs, or juveniles that need special care and attention. It is up to you how you demonstrate your skills in front of the authorities, depending upon which the decision to foster a child with you will be made. There are premium allowances in cases that require special care and attention.
Foster parenting has benefitted the parents enrolled in the program by offering the parents, an allowance in exchange for their services and the children by giving them a better upbringing. Nevertheless, these programs have empowered society with more employment options in addition to social service. What could be better than giving a child a bright future, that too when they have lost all hopes.