What makes a Good Foster Parent?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 13, 2012

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What makes a Good Foster Parent

If you have decided to become a foster parent, you may face a turbulence of emotions and responsibilities in the approaching time. To become a good foster parent and provide the fostered child with the best of family experience and lifestyle, you need to have an understanding of parenting and compassion for the child. Read these tips to become a good foster parent:

Parenting Education

The foremost priority of a good foster parent is his or her parenting education i.e. whether the prospective foster parent is aware of the tits-bits of parenting or not. Does he or she know how to handle child during transition periods? To become a good foster parent, evaluate your knowledge of parenting.  There are courses for parents looking to foster children. These courses will introduce you to basic parenting skills, will guide you to handle different temperaments of children, will help you solve their problems and will teach you how to communicate with your foster kids. To put your best foot forward as a foster parent, these courses will guide you to deal with the kids in thick and thin. Duration of these courses depends on the institutions providing them.

Patience and Love

It is true that foster parents are not legal parents of a child, but the word “parents” without love and patience has no soul. To be a good foster parent, giving the child your valuable love and never-ending patience is necessary. This will assist a child in developing a sense of belonging to his or her foster parents. Foster children come from different backgrounds i.e. some may require more love, care and patience than others. Therefore, it is important for their well-being to be provided with that the required love and care.



Know the background of the foster child

Try to find out and learn what kind of life your foster child had. You can talk to the orphanage, his or her caretaker or biological parents, if possible. Getting a hand full of knowledge about the fostered child’s daily routine, habits, temperament and approach towards different things such as studies or games may help you to develop a stronger bond with him or her. With the awareness about your kid’s past life, both of you will find it much easier to adjust and adapt to the changes.

Spend some Quality Time

After welcoming your foster child into the family, it is  time that both of you get to know each other better. To understand the child’s nature, spend plenty of time together. An orphaned child or child with a disoriented background may find it difficult to come to terms with your family. Therefore, it is important that you provide your foster child with the most loving family experience. Plan some recreational activities together, go for family picnics, arrange for family fun nights.

With the aforementioned tips, become a support system for your foster child and enjoy parenthood!

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  • Shelley30 May 2012

    I would also recommend being alert and watchful. Many of these kids from abusive back grounds and no matter what you do they will always have that . If something triggers them their behaviors will accelerate and must be redirected as soon as possible, working with the child. All the above nice stuff is a must but be careful the situation could turn in a moment and you must be ready and trained to know what to do.

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