When you’re thinking of fostering a child, you’ll have to go through a foster agency that will guide you through the process. It’s important to keep the channels of communication open with the agency. This will help you to make sure that the process goes smoothly. In order to communicate better with the agency, you’ll have to tell them more about your situation. Then, they can see that you’re ready to foster a child. Here are some things to think about and share with your foster agency:
Your Financial Situation
Yes, foster parents do receive a stipend for fostering children but it’s not a large sum of money. So you should take your financial situation into consideration when you decide to foster a child. And it’s best to share that situation with your contact so that they can tell you whether it is realistic for you to foster a child at present.
Communicate Your Home to Your Foster Agency
How big is your home? Do you have enough space for a foster child? Do you have an extra room that is big enough and can be converted into a room for the foster child? If you don’t, then you might have to move homes. Just something to think about and share with your foster agency when you are thinking of fostering a child.
Do you have other children—either foster children or biological children? If so, then consider the interaction between the children already in your home and the new foster child. If the child/children who are displeased about the idea of another child, it’s good to be cognizant of this fact. Thus, you can smooth things over between them. And be sure to inform your foster agency about this too so that they can take it into consideration while processing your application.
Communicate More With Your Foster Agency
Contact us to learn more about what you should consider when you work with a foster agency.