Although many people consider becoming a foster care provider, a large portion of those potential foster parents never move forward in the process. They can be uncertain as to what they will be responsible for. If you’re on the fence, or are seeking more information, this list of responsibilities can help you decide if fostering is right for you. Here are some of the things you will do as a foster care provider:
Providing nutritious meals for the foster children you accept into your household. This includes purchasing and cooking food. Additionally, there is financial assistance available for foster families, and you may qualify for food stamps or WIC.
You will provide a place for foster children to sleep. Each foster child does not need to have their own bedroom, but they do need their own bed. Many foster parents find bunk beds are a great choice.
Ensuring your foster children get to school every day they are able. This might include driving them or getting to the bus stop, depending on where you live and the type of transportation services offered by your school district.
Ensuring foster children get to other necessary services, like therapy or doctor’s appointments. There are services available to help take foster children to these services, so be sure to ask about them if you’re interested!
Guiding your foster children in what is right or wrong. Remember that spanking or screaming at foster children (or any child) is never allowed. Further, there are resources available to help you find which disciplinary and guidance methods work best.
Loving and understanding the foster children you accept into your home. This will help give them a solid foundation to start healing and building their new lives.
Learn More About What You Will Do as a Foster Care Provider
For more information on fostering or to start the process of becoming a foster care provider, contact us today.