In our experience, people of all walks of life make the decision to become a foster parent—many for very personal reasons.
Ultimately, someone who makes this decision understands that all kids deserve family, and do best in a safe, stable, and caring environment. Other reasons might include:
Wanting to provide a setting where kids will thrive. Research clearly demonstrates that for older teens, a family setting translates into less homelessness and lower dropout rates, outperforming even the best group homes.
You have a strong sense of wanting to ‘give-back’ to your community..
Maybe you’ve had experience with adoption, social services, and/or the child-welfare system and want to put to use your understanding of the unique challenges that kids and families involved in these systems experience.
Perhaps you have family or friends who may need help with raising children in a healthy, stable environment, or you’ve been a caregiver to family or friends in the past
You’ve raised your biologically children and now you’re an empty-nester wanting to make a difference in the life of foster youth.
Maybe you’ve never had children of your own, but have always wanted the the opportunity to be a parent and nurture a young person to adulthood.