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foster parenting

Have you ever considered foster parenting? Did you know that there is a shortage of quality foster homes and so many babies and children in need? I never even thought about it until now. After two weeks of foster parenting my step granddaughter, I am hooked and ready to do it again! Ever child needs to be nurtured and stimulated and sometimes parents just can’t.  I had some incorrect assumptions about it and wanted to share them in hopes of inspiring some of you awesome moms to consider foster parenting too!

  • I thought having home inspections would feel invasive but so far they really haven’t.  Turns out they are a great motivator to tidy up!
  • I thought our house would be too small with only two bedrooms but the crib fits in the kid’s room just fine and is actually nice and cozy!
  • I thought my own kids would have difficulty adjusting to this new little person in our home but my daughter has become a great mother’s helper and my son is learning how to interact with someone younger than him.

I did have a lot of fear.  It is a big responsibility.  What if something happened to her.  I chose to set that fear aside.  Fear is not a good enough reason to not do a good deed.  I really do believe it take a village and the feeling I have from helping and hopefully making a positive difference in this child’s life is wonderful but I also have to tell you that the compensation is great (at least here in Massachusetts)!  In addition to the monthly allowance the state also provides money for clothes and gifts.

If you have any questions please ask!

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Ann

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18 comments

    • Right. We are just taking care of her until her mom is better. Some foster kids do eventually become adopted though.

  1. WHAT A WONDERFUL POST. HOPE IT BEARS FRUIT. ARE THERE AGE LIMITS FOR THE FOSTER PARENTS.
    BEING A FOSTER PARENT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. ALL WIN WIN FOR ALL, THE FOSTER CHILD, THE FOSTER PARENTS, THEIR OWN CHILDREN AND SOCIETY. IS THERE ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD MORE LOVABLE OR MORE PRECIOUS THAN A CHILD, ANY CHILD AND EVERY CHILD?
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  2. That’s so great! I want to adopt in like 5-6 years. My husband wants our kids to be a bit older so they understand what it means to foster or be adopted. But my parents fostered and I know that there are plenty of kids out there that need a loving home.
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    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience Trina! I think it is great you are considering adoption!

  3. Hey there Ann,

    I came via Mama Smiles. Lovely blog post on Cape Cod.

    I have been thinking about Foster parenting for a few years now. Especially being an African American, I think it’s important. Especially for the boys. I spoke to my husband about it – and he didn’t seem to think it was a good idea – bringing a troubled child into the home.

    He was worried about getting robbed. Sad but true. I suppose it’s a real worry.

    But i think it would be so good for them to see a successful African American family at work. To see a dad with a PhD and a Mom with a masters. To see that African American Moms do stay at home and take care of their kids. To see that we spend time together as a family and love and nuture each other.

    I don’t know. I would love to do it. We have the space, and I have the time. I would love to homeschool the foster child.

    I think it’s such a good idea, and there is space in my heart.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Thanks so much for stopping by! My husband would/will take some convincing too. There happens to be lots of babies born addicted in our area and a shortage of quality foster homes for them. It feels so good to do good which makes me think of The Grinch and how “his heart grew three sizes that day”.

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