The foster care world has frequently been portrayed in films as being very challenging: a child is placed in a home and disrupts the existing family routine, acts out, causes problems, and ultimately the story ends with the child finding a loving home, often in that same family. Even though on the surface this may be a fairly accurate representation of some situations, in reality, there are dozens of things going on behind-the-scenes.
Yes, fostering a child can be challenging, but there are so many rewards that should and need to be highlighted in order to create a realistic image of the foster care world. If you’re wanting to expand your family, give back to the community, or want to help a child in need, here are just some of the rewards of becoming a foster parent or family.
See the World From a Different Perspective
Busy work lives, an endless to-do list, raising kids – it’s easy to get caught up in our own world and our own hectic schedule. Becoming a foster parent can break open the bubble that many of us find ourselves in, allowing us to see the world from someone else’s perspective. Children come into the foster care system for a variety of reasons and they come from a variety of backgrounds. Seeing the world from their perspective can help expand your own perspective and world.
Serve as a Role Model and Mentor
As kids grow and learn, they need reliable role models and mentors in their lives who can show them how to be the best version of themselves, how to be successful, and how to live in a world that often throws a variety of obstacles at them. Whether it’s helping with homework or just being there to talk through a problem, stepping into the role of a mentor for a child in need can help them in countless ways as they grow and navigate their future.
Provide a Safe and Stable Place for a Child
Many children in the foster care system come from abusive, hostile, or simply unsafe environments. Remaining in this type of situation can have numerous harmful effects on the child’s life and future. Providing them with a stable and nurturing home environment where they can rely on consistent care and support can provide them with a solid foundation in which they can thrive. This type of support can be hugely beneficial for a child in need.
Make a Difference
Fostering a child is undoubtedly an intimidating and challenging process, but the benefits and rewards for the child are outstanding. Certain behaviors that the child exhibit can be scary, but providing them with a safe environment where they can grow can have countless benefits for their future. Stepping out of your comfort zone and providing a safe home can change the trajectory of the child’s life; this is so much more than simply making a difference today, but making a difference for decades to come.
If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, there are dozens of reasons to at least learn more about the process and see how you can provide a stable and reliable home for a child in need.
CK Family Services is a foster care agency providing services and support to families in Texas, including the Arlingonton, Dallas, and Plano areas. We offer Treatment Foster Care, where children come from treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals, as well as Foster Care and Adoptions. Learn more about the CK Family Services team, and contact us today to see how you can help.