5 Life Changing Reasons to Become Foster Care Parents
When young people experience unstable or abusive home environments and are removed in order to thrive, foster care may be the solution. Foster parents can save a youth from heading down the wrong path and positively impact their future. Becoming a foster parent provides rewards for you and foster children. Here are 5 reasons to become a foster parent.
1. Create Happy Memories in a Youth’s Life
When a youth enters foster care, he or she may have very few happy memories. You can change that simply by offering what most families share: family dinners, laughter, hugs, or vacations. You also can provide the guidance and compassion children need to find success in life.
2. Fill an Empty Nest
If your own children have ventured out from the nest to start their adult lives, perhaps you still want to hear the sound of young laughter around the dinner table. Or maybe you’d love to guide other youth. What better way to do that than by becoming foster care parents, especially since you now have years of experience raising your own children and are wiser for it?
3. Give Back to Your Community
As people reach a certain age or stage in their lives, many seek a way to give back to society, others, or their community. Foster care parenting is one way to do that. Using what you have learned in life or sharing your wisdom to help youth in need is a blessing on both sides. The youth you help will hopefully make better choices as a result of your love, thereby helping your community.
4. Expand Your Family
If you’re worried about forming a connection with a child only to have them leave, you have the option of adopting him or her. Adoption does depend on court orders, however 49,866 foster care youth were adopted and 54% were adopted by foster parents in 2011.
5. Provide a Safe Haven for Youth
As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to provide safe shelter for a child who has been neglected or abused. You can watch them develop under your loving guidance and be there for them when they need you most.
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. While over 6 million child abuse claims are made in the United States annually, over 3 million reports of child abuse involve investigative reports. Foster parents provide a safe haven from abusive environments and help children:
- Learn trust
- Heal from abuse
- Develop a sense of well-being
Rawhide’s Treatment Foster Care Program
Rawhide’s foster care program differs from traditional foster care in that it is part of their treatment program including state supervision. The goal is to help transition each guy back to his original home or independent living. The program provides our young men with access to additional counselors, therapists, and Rawhide staff.
The need for foster care parents in this program is also great, and the rewards are equally abundant for married couples. You are still able to:
- Create Happy Memories in a Youth’s Life
- Fill an Empty Nest
- Give Back to Your Community
- Expand Your Family (set another plate at the dinner table for visits)
- Provide a Safe Haven for Youth
Rawhide’s foster care program offers guidance, instruction, and support for young men. Programs are less restrictive and Rawhide also offers:
- Ongoing training
- Access to Rawhide’s professional staff and supervision 24/7
- Individual Counseling
- Monthly family counseling
- Monthly home visits if appropriate
- A progress report compiled every six weeks
- Faith-based atmosphere
Bruce and Linda Dailey chose Rawhide’s treatment foster care because of the faith-based foundation and ongoing training. “We feel safer with Rawhide. Not only do they provide ongoing care for the boys, but there’s ongoing training for us as foster parents.”
Become a Rawhide Foster Parent
If you would like more information or feel you can create a loving and stable home for youth, consider Rawhide’s Treatment Foster Care Program.
Originally published at www.rawhide.org