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An Overview Of Foster Parenting

Aug 17, 2007
Foster parenting is a government-sponsored program that provides a temporary care family to children in need. There are also many private agencies that offer foster care, but they still need to meet government regulations. Parents interested in foster care go through an extensive process to become suitable for foster care before they are able to be certified and given children to care for.

Foster parenting typically applies to children that are considered minors, but there are certain cases in which co parenting foster care is taken on, usually in cases of children over the legal age that are disabled or have mental deficiencies. In some cases, co parenting foster care is also given to children over the legal age that the state requires be still "attached" to other family members that are already in the foster parenting system.

In many cases, foster care is a temporary home for children before they are either returned home to their biological parents or until they find another foster care home. One of the biggest issues in foster care is having the foster parents get too attached to the foster children.

Foster parenting can be tough because of this, so parenting styles must be adapted for the special circumstances of foster care. Instead of using traditional parenting styles, those in foster parenting utilize distance techniques to both give the child adequate professional care but also to remain emotionally distant so as to avoid any connection that would be harmful.

Foster parenting is also in place as a temporary home for those children who may be waiting for adoption. One of the many critiques of the foster care system is that it is a proverbial revolving door for children that offers them no real foundation for growth. Because the adoption process is so rigid and necessarily thorough, there is really no other option but to care for the child in the manner of foster parenting.

The foster parenting program may also be invoked in areas in which a parenting program demonstrates that a parent is unfit or unwell. In these cases, the parental rights may be removed by the state and replaced with temporary rights in which the state acts in the interest of the child. These cases are always tough and rarely end up well for the child, but the state feels compelled to act under the necessity of protecting children under its care.

Foster parenting is a tough part of life for those unfortunate enough to need the system to work for them. It typically is known for not offering any legitimate support in a long term sense and, instead, supplies temporary housing with emotionally distant "parents". Often, the foster care home is said to be the worst possible place for a child.

Still, there are many people that have given their lives and love to foster parenting. These people are often never acknowledged as the selfless and giving people they are. Taking a chance on foster parenting can be a risky, but rewarding, venture.
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