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Foster care homes are important for children who need a safe place to live. These homes are only provided temporarily and usually in an urgent situation. Foster parents are crucial to the welfare of the child, and often work closely with teachers, attorneys, social workers, doctors, and other agency officials. Foster parents are not there to replace the child's family; however, foster children have critical needs that foster parents provide. These needs are not just food and shelter, but include support, encouragement, reassurance, self-esteem, self-worth, and most importantly, love.

Foster parents provide a ray of hope in a world otherwise shadowed by issues that are dangerous to the child's physical and mental health. Physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, drug problems, alcohol problems, and sexual abuse are just some of the reasons that result in a child being removed from his or her home. Understandably the child is often afraid, angry, confused, and heart-broken from the events that led to their removal. Also, some foster children have special needs, such as emotional, behavioral, physical, or developmental problems. But it is always the case that every child needs a loving home wherein he or she can be safe and be on the road to a better life.

Adoption is often a consideration for foster parents. In fact, about two-thirds of the children placed in foster care are later adopted by their foster parents. But the question remains, are you willing to do what it takes to be a foster parent?

There are several requirements that a foster parent must satisfy, and you should be familiar with them before taking on the responsibility of caring for a foster child.

Some problems that a foster parent needs to be able to handle include setting discipline in the home, dealing with bed-wetting, lying, and rebellion. Foster parents need to act as any other parents, but with the added challenge of dealing with a child who has a troubled background and an already inflated fear of rejection. They need to provide a sense of belonging, acceptance, and love; however, these needs are usually met by the result of a small success following an enduring struggle with many early failures. And many times, after all this effort is put into a relationship with a foster child, the foster parent must be able to let go if the child needs to be relocated or placed back with his or her family.

Interested? The trials and challenges of foster parenting are things of which you need to be aware; however, they are incomparable to the rewards and blessings that becoming a foster parent will provide. If you are aware of the difficulties, and still want to be a blessing in a child's life, then foster parenting is for you.

There are certain requirements and procedures that you will need to learn about depending on the state in which you live. Click here to search for an agency in your area. And feel free to visit the discussion board for new foster parents.

Good Luck!

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