Do you ever get really frustrated about something and just wonder why it's happening? Well there can definitely be some frustration in foster care, though you might be surprised to realize that it has nothing to do with the kids.
Sometimes you'll wonder why a grandparent or relative can go to the visits. This part is usually more frustrating than the parent visits. I mean, if the extended family wanted to see this kid so much, why didn't they take them before they were put into the system? But unfortunately, it doesn't really matter what you think as a member of the foster family, because those family members are still allowed to be part of the visits if the judge says so.
It's easy to become attached to a foster child and overprotective of them. You want them to be part of your family, even if you know it's just a temporary placement. And that means that you're going to get frustrated when the child has to go to visits each week and see people who weren't (or couldn't) take care of them before. But the good news is that all of that frustration that you're feeling means that you're a good parent. It doesn't matter that the word "foster" is in front of "mom" or "dad" because you're the person who is there for that child when they need someone's comfort. You're there for that child when they need breakfast, or have to get ready for school. You're looking out for the best interest of that child, so frustration comes along with that. Being frustrated at times means that you're doing your job well.
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