There’s never been any surplus of foster parents, and now the need for family foster care in Kansas is growing in the wake of COVID-19. If you’ve been thinking about how you can help children who need a home, this may be an ideal time to find out more about the process.
How is COVID-19 affecting the need for family foster care?
There are many reasons why COVID-19 is creating increased demand for foster care services. While placements may have actually decreased temporarily in some areas, most experts believe that the long term trend will soar upwards. That’s partly because there is less reporting when schools are closed, but more such activity when they reopen. Also, it’s a sad fact that the stress associated with COVID-19 also creates more hardships such as domestic violence and substance abuse for many vulnerable families.
How can I decide if I am ready to be a foster parent?
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, COVID-19 may have made some changes in your lifestyle that will make this more feasible for you. Many employers are likely to continue offering remote work options, and there will probably be less nonessential business travel for some time. Take a fresh look at your new circumstances to decide if this could be the right time for you to welcome a foster child into your home and into your life.
How can I get started?
Your local child welfare agency would love to hear from you. They can explain the requirements for becoming a foster parent in your state, including the application and training process. They can also answer any questions you have so you can make an informed decision.