The word “foster” means to help someone (or something) grow and develop. It also means to take care of someone’s needs. Foster parents are people-other than a child’s parents – who give a child a safe place to live and grow. Foster parents take children into their homes and take care of them for as long as children need.
The need for more foster homes in our country is great, and becoming a foster parent is not a very difficult thing to do. Simply phone your district child protection unit, child welfare committee or any NGO or our Centre working in the field and tell them you are interested in becoming a foster parent. They will take it from there.
But before you place that call, give a few moments of thought to what is really involved. Understand that you will be changing your life, but you will also be changing the life of a child – helping to mould that life.
Being a foster parent means that you are working in the greatest profession there is – Life. It means your home will be filled with love and tears and laughter. It means drying a frightened child’s tears, teaching her to smile and to respond to love. It means walking the floor at night with a precious newborn baby. It means watching that teenager grow and develop into a young person moving out on their own.
Being a foster parent certainly has a lot of drawbacks. But if you are not afraid of facing problems; if you welcome the challenge of meeting a problem head-on and solving it; if you want to know that your life really counts for something, then help a child.
Help mould a child’s world. Help create a responsible future citizen.
**Thanks to Families4Children for much of the above explanation. We could not have said it better ourselves.