what does it take to be a foster parent

United States
July 30, 2007 9:31am CST
my husband and i are really wanting to do this. we want to look at maybe a teen boy or girl. we have a 10 and 12 year old girl now that are ours. we have a 3 bedroom mobile that we rent. i work and he stays at home and home schools the kids he broke his back years ago so it is easier this way. i would like to foster a teen though cause well they are older and people seem to over look them. i live in arkansas and i am not sure what to do. i am not sure what qualification you have to have either. i mean do you have to make a certain amount of money. own your own home, have a room for each kid, etc. i mean we have what they really need love , care, and understanding. any advice or info is great.
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• China
31 Jul 07
i have no idea if i had i will give you
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Jul 07
My husband and I fostered a small boy for 3 months over Christmas last year. Our situation was a little different in that we knew the child. I always thought I could foster but I was totally unprepared for the emotional turmoil it caused. I applaud you for considering this, and I really hope it goes well for you.
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
30 Jul 07
I hope that you become a foster parent. You have very much to offer a teenager. I have taught children that have been fostered. One was a boy and he had an older brother and younger sister. The children had run away from home due to terrible neglect. Social Services placed them with a loving couple. Another child was a girl that had been a refugee from Columbia. She was fostered in a temporary home before she was adopted. A fostered teenager would appreciate your love, care and superb understanding. They might need their own room. I don't think you require anything more than an average amount of money. I know some children that are home schooled and support this type of education. They often go to France and speak the language well. There must be a lot of older children and teens that need to be fostered. Many people would only consider a young child so it is great that you are thinking of fostering a teenager. Good luck.