Oh my goodness, today was a crazy day at work! I did part of the job that I hadn't yet done on my own, and I think I did pretty well with it! I gained a lot of confidence today, and the managers seemed pretty pleased with how well I did on my first try, which was great feedback to receive.
So a few days ago, I was asked about my opinion on single parents being foster parents. I had to think on the subject for a few days because it was honestly a topic that I hadn't thought of previously. I was asked if I knew any single foster parents, or if I'd had any experience with understanding how being a single foster parent would change a child's life.
To start with, no, I don't know any single foster parents. Then again, I didn't know any couple foster parents either, until our family friends took in their first foster child last year. When I started to think about it, I could only recall one single mother (not a foster parent) in my life at all.
While I can't speak from firsthand experience on the subject of being a single foster parent, I can certainly give my opinion on the matter. I believe that, if anything, the foster care system can show us all that having one, two, or even three or four parents doesn't make your life any better or worse. It doesn't matter if you're raised by a single mother or father, by a mother and father, by two mothers, two fathers, or if there are step-parents thrown into the mix as well. The amount of parental figures in your life does nothing for you... it's the kind of people they are that matter.
Foster children are put into the system because their biological parents couldn't (or wouldn't) care for them properly. These children don't know what it's like to have parents who are able to provide for them and make their lives better. So that means that even if they have just one foster parent who loves them and will be able to show them how great life can be, that will be so much better than having two parents who couldn't do the right thing for them.
If you're a single foster parent (or single parent) concerned that your child isn't getting enough of an influence from a male or female perspective because you don't have a partner to parent with, there's always someone in your life who your child will be able to look up to. If not, look into something like the Big Brother/Big Sister program!
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