Foster parenting requires certain skills and
personal qualities. Two important qualities are patience and a genuine
concern for the child. These will come in handy when you face the
challenges of parenting the foster child. Another important one
is commitment. Many of these children have learned not to trust
adults. As a result, they will put your trustworthiness to the test
and your commitment to that child will demonstrate how much you
really do care. Throughout your foster parenting experience, you
will need to educate and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills
necessary to parent needy children. Most foster family agencies
will provide regular training for you. In order to help you make
this important decision, I have a list of questions to ask yourself.
Answering these questions will give you an idea if you are ready
to become a foster parent. Here are some of the questions to ask
1. Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a needy child?
2. Will you be able to provide the foster child with a safe and nurturing home?
3. Are you willing to participate with agencies and other responsible adults in planning for the needs of the child?
4. Will you provide opportunities for and encourage participation in activities for the foster child?
5. Are you able to discipline a child without using corporeal punishment?
6. Will you uphold the agency policies and the state regulations governing foster family homes?
7. Will you respect the personal rights of the child?
8. Are you able to ensure the direct care and supervision of the child?
Not only do you need to examine your own motivation for becoming
a foster parent, you need to become an educated consumer about the
kinds of supportive services offered by the communities. At PYACS,
we provide respite, group support, clinical support, community involvement
with our client, family /proctor support group and activities. These
are some of the kinds of supportive services which we provide. If
you would like more information, please contact us at (801) 474-2500.
We will be glad to answer your questions.