5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Foster Care

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5 Reasons for Foster CareBeing foster care parents we come across a lot of people that say things like, “I wish I could do that”, “I could never do that”, “you must have a lot of patience”, “I can’t imagine saying good bye to them”, or “It would be too hard to hear what the children go through”. Amongst a number of other questions and statements. But to all of that I still say “you should CONSIDER doing foster care”.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

1. It’s Not What You Think.

Before we went into foster care, we had our own ideas of what foster care was about based on tv, friends, and family members. We imagined it being a nightmare, with uncontrollable children piling up in our home {ok, extreme but you get the point}. But it’s not what you think. If you take the first step and call, ask all the questions, no matter how crazy, that you have.

2. {Obviously} Children Need You!

There are so many children that are in NEED of a loving, caring, safe, atmosphere! There are over 400,000 children in foster care and an ongoing need of foster care homes because one of the things that occur is foster care family go on to adopt and close up their home, which is a good- bad thing because it’s great children get forever homes but then closing their house leaves a shortage.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

3. It’s Not Permanent

Well this is what it says. Becoming a foster parent is not permanent. No one is going to force you to take in children. If you take in a child and the child gets removed/reunified, you can take the time you need to “grieve”. If you feel you need more time, you can “pause” your house for however long you want, just be sure to do your yearly courses/hours to keep your house certified. 

This could also be useful if you need to recoup after a rough placement.q

You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Psalm 139:5

4. It’s Flexible

Whether you work, stay home, disabled, single, or married. You can be a foster parent. Those things alone will not stop you from opening your house and social workers and case workers will help you along the way.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34

5. Challenge Yourself, Face Fears, & Come Out of Your Comfort Zone

Our short journey thus far has been a blessing for us. A challenge… YES! But a huge blessing. It has challenged us in ways that we never imagined. And just when we think we can’t do it, God gives us strength, endurance, and wisdom. We have cried a lot {or should I say me, he “cry” his own way..lol}, both happy & sad tears , we have argued, we have disagreed, we have comforted each other, encouraged each other, and laughed a lot. We have been in A LOT of uncomfortable situations and each time God shows me, we won’t die {lol} and we can make it through them.

So here are a few of my reasons you should consider foster care. Foster care is not for everyone, don’t get me wrong but I do think you would be surprised that it IS for you.

Have you ever considered foster care? Why have or haven’t you moved forward in that direction?

Also, if you have any questions just leave them in the comment box below.

God bless,

India