What a Foster Parent Is

Foster care is a protective service provided to children and their families when families can no longer care for their children. There are many reasons and circumstances that make it difficult for biological families to meet the needs of their children, which include poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, loss of a job or lack of support from extended family and community.

In foster care, the children are provided with a safe, nurturing, loving family for a temporary period of time. There are many types of foster care, including traditional care, emergency/shelter care, medical/therapeutic care, relative/kinship care, respite/short-term care and tribal care. However, foster parenting is not a lifetime commitment to a child and his or her family, but a commitment to be meaningful in the child and family’s lifetime.

  • a chance to make the world a better place — one child at a time
  • one of the most challenging steps you will take in your life
  • one of the most rewarding opportunities you will ever volunteer for

What a Foster Parent Is Not:

  • simple: emotionally, socially or in terms of your time
  • a way to solve personal or family problems
  • a way to make money