Foster children present a very unique situation for prospective parents. Foster children have either been given up by their parents or placed in the system by a government agency for one reason or another.
Foster children often move from parents to parents throughout their lives due to behavioral or other issues such as not fitting in with the adoptive parents lifestyle.
To consider adopting a foster child you really need to know what is in store beforehand.
Before considering foster child adoption, you have to take a hard look at yourself and what you expect out of a child as well as visit an agency that handles adoptions of this type.
They will usually sit down and explain the entire process to you. The entire thing is very long and it will be a while before a child comes to your house.
The agency will have files on a number of children you can look over. Usually the stories that accompany the children are sad, especially for older children.
There is often a history of behavioral, emotional, or mental problems. This could be due to illnesses or abuse.
The age of the foster child is very important as well. Many foster children grow older and haven’t been placed so it can be hard or even impossible for them to accept you as a true parent.
Trust is much harder to gain in an older child than it is with a newborn or toddler.
The benefits of foster child adoption are many. You get to provide a stable life for a child and develop a very special relationship that might reach parent-child stage over time. This can be one of the most rewarding things in the world.