When parents are asked why they became foster parents, the overwhelming response is, “to help children in need.” Parents who provide respite care have a similar motivation, and it includes helping other foster parents as well as helping children.
Being a foster parent is a hard job, maybe even harder than it sounded during the training. One way to keep from getting too overwhelmed is to build in time to take care of yourself and give yourself a personal break.
- Laying the Foundation: Preparing Your Children When You are Becoming a Foster Family
- Lean on Me: Families Helping Families
Additional Author: Foster Care & Adoption Resource Center