Everyone who wants to be a foster parent should know these tips. Besides the steps that you need to take ever since the beginning of the application process until receiving and parenting a child, you should have in mind a few aims.
Stay positive and relaxed
Receiving and fostering a child would be a long term process. It doesn’t happen right away and it’s not as easy as it looks like. You must make sure you really want this thing. Think about whether you are prepared for such responsibility. If you are sure that this is for you then you may be surprised to know that you don’t need to fulfill the following conditions in order to be a foster parent:
- you don’t need to be wealthy
- you don’t need to be young
- you don’t need to stay-at home
- you don’t even need to stay in your own home, neither to own one
- and the most interesting, you don’t need to be married
Concentrate on showing your personal maturity and family stability
Following the steps of the application process is not difficult at all. One of the most important points where you could fail in your application process or the process of educating your child is to not show enough personal maturity and family stability. What does it mean? It means that it will be much easier for you to raise a child if you weren’t a child yourself. The family culture that you were used with be shown in many cases through the tendency how you will educate your child in turn – but this is not a rule, there are exceptions of people who have much ambition, that have an unhealthy family background and still they don’t want to let the history to repeat itself and don’t want to treat their child like their parents had treated them.
What does the child expect from you?
It shouldn’t surprise you that the only thing that a child expects from you is love – true, real, unconditional love given in a smart and healthy way. Create as many socializing and loving occasions as possible – have patience and take it easy. The accommodation may not happen all at once and the process may not go as smoothly as you wished but you have to stay calm and to show your unconditional love and care.
What is the worst thing you could do
The worst thing you could do is to worry that this is not the thing that you have wished for and to expect immediate results which don’t show up. You must stay optimistic all the way and be patient with your child.