Becoming a foster parent can be a wonderful opportunity to interact with an individual or individuals who need your guidance and assistance. Many foster parents find that serving in this role in incredibly fulfilling and aids greatly in the development of children in the foster care system. Foster parenting can does come with its list of challenges as well. It’s important to know what to expect and to be prepared as best as possible for potential challenges and to make sure that Foster Parenting is right for you. A common concern for many foster parents is whether they will be able to adopt any foster children they may connect deeply with.
When becoming a foster parent, you and your spouse will go through an application process where you’ll learn more about how the foster care system works and what you can expect if a child is placed with you. Applicants are expected to have an income which will help to support their existing family needs and all applicants in Kentucky go through training of six hours per year. A child’s background will be provided to potential foster parents, including their placement history.
As its roots, the foster care system is designed to reconnect children with their biological parents wherever possible. This is known as reunification, and many staff involved with foster care are constantly developing plans and strategies to allow for this. In situations where biological parents may have lost their rights as a result of criminal charges or drug use, for example, foster care may be used as a temporary solution for provide shelter, love, and care for the children until the parents can be reunited with their children. In some situations, a foster child may actually be placed with a relative for foster care if that situation is appropriate. Much like child custody, foster care adoption is guided by the best interests of the child.
Although foster care is seen as temporary, there are some scenarios in which foster children become available for adoption. If social workers and family services personnel determine that reunification with birth parents is not available, the foster family of the involved child will be notified. From that point, those parents can determine whether they want to apply to adopt the child.
If the adoption process moves forward, a social worker will visit the family on a monthly basis until the adoption has been finalized. Adopting from foster care can feel confusing and overwhelming for those who have not experienced it before.
Contact me today to find out more information about the foster care process and to see if it is the right fit for your family or if going the normal adoption route will suite your situation better.