There are many misconceptions about foster parenting. When these myths go undisputed, it could prevent those considering the idea of fostering from taking the next step.
Fostering is a demanding, but highly rewarding task. When armed with the facts, you can be a force for change in the lives of children and families. Let’s take a look at some common myths and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Children in foster care are babies and toddlers
TRUTH: There are many babies and toddlers in foster care, but there are also a lot of school-aged children and adolescents in care as well. Child services is working harder to find appropriate relatives for children but the need for loving and quality foster homes remains incredibly high, with more than 400,000 children in the foster care system.
Myth #2: Teenagers are more difficult to parent
TRUTH: Teenagers aren’t perfect, but who is? Teenagers in foster care desire someone who can provide a stable environment and who truly cares about their well-being and future. They need someone like you to be a positive role model.
Myth #3: I will be left on my own
TRUTH: Financial help is only a part of the support you will receive. Centerstone is committed to supporting both the foster parents and the children. Each child has a treatment team to provide education, training, and support every step of the way. Our Family Support Specialists and Supervisors are also available to support families and kids even for after hours emergencies.
Myth #4: Foster children are damaged and cannot be helped
TRUTH: While many children in foster care have experienced trauma and do have emotional issues to work through, they can and do learn to trust. Very often, the loving environment provided in a foster home begins the road to healing from the pain of the past. No one is beyond hope.
Myth #5: I will get too attached and will have my heart broken
TRUTH: Love for and attachment to the children in your home is healthy and needs to occur. As a foster parent, you will have the ability to provide a positive influence and make a lifetime of difference for the child and the birth family. Your heart will grow with love for each child that you open your home to.