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The Gift of Foster Parenting

Aug 17, 2007
There are some people who have been given a gift to help children who otherwise might fall through the cracks - foster parenting is that gift. Many times on the evening news shows there may be a story about a foster parent that abused their foster kids. These things are true and there are some evil people in the world. For every bad foster parent there are hundreds that do a great job taking care of children.

Foster parenting can be an opportunity for people to give back to their community. Along with that, there is a real challenge to make a kids life more normal with goals and dreams and the ability for him to become whatever he aspires to be. Foster parenting should be acknowledged as one of those things that change the world for the better. Many adults who grew up in foster parenting households will say that it changed their whole life. Someone that took the time to care and raise a child that they didn't even know and wouldn't know unless they chose to meet the kid. If there is someone in your community that is involved foster parenting, take some time to greet them and let them know that they are appreciated.

Problems That Some Foster Kids May Face

When a child has been turned over to a foster parent, many will come with emotional baggage that will need to be worked on. For some, just being shipped to multiple homes can make them feel unwanted and unloved. A child in this condition needs full time support with a family that will love them and make them feel needed. It's amazing to see a family dedicated to foster parenting. Turning a child's life around for the better is one of the greatest gifts a family can make happen. Because life today is moving at the speed of light, most people would never take the hard job of working with foster children with emotional needs.

Another problem that foster kids may bring into a new home is lying. If a child is constantly being moved into new homes, the child will lie as a way to seek approval without sharing things that are negative. They want so desperately to be loved that lying becomes a tool to succeed. Foster parenting is not a job that's done to make money; if the parents are doing the best job that they can, the money won't cover the monthly expenses. It has to be done for bigger and better reasons for it to be worthwhile.
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