April 10, 2007

Foster parenting is its own reward

“You may have your doubts as to whether investing your heart and soul into parenting someone else’s child is worth it, especially when you may be asked to help that same youngster return home to his or her parents.

Every child deserves to feel safe and loved, to be nurtured and cared for. Foster parenting is an opportunity to give of yourself and to make your home a temporary haven for a young person who has had little stability, suffered much hurt, and is in need of the reassurance that he or she is worth a commitment.

Foster parenting is a gift that lasts a lifetime. So what’s in it for you? Knowing that you did the best you could to give a child a better chance in life.”

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April 6, 2007

The Challenges And Rewards Of Foster Parenting

“THE PRACTICAL purpose of foster parenting is to provide hurting children — anywhere from birth up to age 19 — a welcoming but temporary family environment. The goal, whenever possible, is to reunite them with their parents once authorities believe it is safe to do so.

But for many foster parents, what began as a relationship that was expected to last maybe just a few months or a year at most can become life-long, even without the children being formally adopted.

“I have kids that come back Christmas, Easter, their birthdays, my birthday,” says Burnaby, BC foster parent Jan Chapman. “I do have some [to whom] I really became a parent. . . . They’re grown up, they have children, but they still need that sounding board.”

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