All kids are great and all kids are loving, of that there is no doubt. They all deserve to grow up with love all around them and with parents who love them to the earth and back. It is unfortunate, however, that life is not always like that and some children through no fault of their own, get left behind. There are a number of reasons why some children are in care, like the death of both parents, or the birth parents are not being responsible enough and mature enough, to take care of their kid. Whatever the reason, foster care facilities are there to try to place these young kids in a suitable home, where they will receive love and affection, if only for a short time.
Fostering a child is a big step to take for anyone but it is one that you should be commended on. It can be sometimes stressful and you may have many questions like, how long does it take to become a foster carer, what is expected of me and will the child and I get along. If you have a family already, you need to decide if fostering is the right choice for you or your family. It is an exceptional person that walks forward and says that they would like to be a foster carer. Being a foster carer provides many benefits and we will look at some of them here.
1. Make A Real Difference – When you decide to become a carer, you probably don’t realise the impact you are having on someone’s life. You may be the difference between a kid that grows up to be successful and one that will go straight to jail. It really is that simple and you can impact a young person with something, that will stay with them probably for the rest of their lives. It is an important undertaking and one that should be taken seriously.
2. There’s Nothing Like It – Once you get your first foster kid as a carer, you are never really quite the same again. You get to feel the love and get the attention of a complete stranger and as your relationship grows, so too does the love between carer and child. Your life will improve, as will your optimism, in a world that constantly disappoints us. The foster children’s lives are improving exponentially and yours will too.
3. Be Respected – When you foster a child, you are doing something productive for the community around you. You are making a really positive contribution to not only this child’s life, but you are also creating a real impact on everyone around you. People respect you for what you are doing and hopefully you will have such an influence on them, that they may decide to foster a kid themselves.
It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone should have the same opportunities to be a carer and foster a child. Children deserve love and affection and we should try to provide it for them.