Who is a Foster Parent?
Foster parents are not the real parents, they take of the kids, provide the food, shelter and clothing. They keep the real family connections, and they also make that the kids are safe and happy with until they can go back to the own families.
How do you become a foster?
Some families are, have everything in life but they do not have kids and they feel that can adopt a child like that will make them happy, or some want to provide all the facilities to vulnerable children. When they have made that decision, they approach the authorities to make the search, find a child or even they go to an extent of finding a child, but the permission obtained from the authorities. The foster parent will have to take up training, have to follow the application process, and their home survey will be carried to approve the application.
The obligations of a foster parent.
Foster parents do not have the legal rights over the child, but they have the interest of the child, the well-being, safety and non-abusive permanent accommodation. They also have to take care of the schooling, transportation arrangements for the child. They nurture the child, take care of the child's development and become responsible if there are any behavioural problems. The child's health, emotional problems, various developmental challenges has to be cared for by the foster parents. Taking into account the child has come to the adoptive parents may be from an abusive environment, neglect or loss of parents, will have emotional disturbance that needs to be addressed by substitute maternities. If the foster child is in a house where there are other children also living, the foster parents will have to avoid any conflict among the children because of choice of food, clothing and the sleeping arrangements.
How will you maintain the family connections?
The foster parents make provisions for the child to meet the biological parents on a regular basis. Foster carers work with social workers, and they to maintain a good relationship with the biological parents. Honest, good communication and open record keeping about the behaviour, schooling, health problems and how those have taken care of will lead to improving the trust of the foster parents. Some children go back to the real parent on a permanent basis, and some go to the biological parents and get back to the adoptive parents depending on the actual situation of the child's family. Some children will have some shared arrangement with foster parents and the biological parents.