I'm excited to share another interview for my Foster Parent Friday series tonight! Sarah, a foster mom in England, was nice enough to share some of her thoughts on foster care. Though she's still relatively new to being a foster parent, Sarah had some wonderful answers and I'm happy to have another interview to share with you all!
Do you do respite, short-term, or long-term care?
"[We are] approved to do all [but we are] currently long-term with our foster son."
How many children have you taken in over that period of time?
"Our current is [our] third."
Do you limit your care to a certain age group? If so, what ages do you take in?
"Nope, open to all."
Have you ever adopted any children? If so, how many?
Did you have any biological children when you started foster care? If so, how many? How old were they at the time?
"Yes, our [biological] son who was 2 at the time."
What were your biggest concerns as you started your foster care journey?
"That we would struggle to treat another child as our own and that our own son would resent us for fostering."
What is the biggest lesson you learned from being a foster parent?
"That one person who makes an effort with a child has the ability to change their life completely. And that our son has benefited massively rather than suffer as I felt he would!"
Is there anything you would change about your experience as a foster parent?
"I would do it sooner!"
Do you have any words of wisdom for future or new foster parents?
"Persevere even when it's hard; if you show [the kids that] you are sticking with them, even when they've pushed you to your absolute limit, they will settle."
Are you a foster parent who is interested in doing an interview for Foster Parent Fridays? Send me a message through my Contact page and I'll give you the details! I'm looking forward to sharing more interviews in the future to showcase the perspectives of other foster parents!
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