Foster parenting basically involves improving a child’s physical, psychological and social life in a family setting that is in a foster home until a permanent placement plan is implemented.
Responsibilities of a Foster Parent:
A foster parent has greater responsibility of meeting the emotional, physical and social needs of children under his/her temporary care. Foster parenting responsibilities include:
Providing a comfortable and safe home for the child.
Meeting the basic needs of the child such as physical and emotional needs.
Providing food, clothing and all basic necessities.
Providing medical care and regular checkups.
Attending to all the special needs of the child.
Providing for school attendance and monitor the child’s progress.
Planning visitation of biological parents, family and friends.
Helping the child develop an emotional bond with biological parents.
Providing recreational activities to promote the overall development of the child.
Maintaining all records of the child during foster care.
Exchanging all the required information about the problems and progress of the child with the agency.
Specific Skills Required For Fostering:
Preparing, cooking and serving meals.
Performing housekeeping duties
Laundering clothes and linens
Providing personal care to the child
Helping the child with bathing and personal hygiene.
Teaching them life skills
Establishing behavior management plans and implementing them successfully.
Supervising the overall care for foster children
Resolving conflict situations
Providing crisis and suicide intervention
Supervising the child’s meeting with biological parents
Ensuring safety of the child in all circumstances
As a professional foster parent, you will have children residing in your home and you will be their acting parent, providing specialized treatment. Therefore, it is very important for you to acquire the necessary educational qualification along with training to ensure that children under your care receive the right fostering.
You must have a bachelor’s degree or a diploma in human services field.
A passing certificate in a home study that evaluates personal mental health issues.
You must own a vehicle with good automobile insurance coverage and hold a valid driver’s license.
Must clear the required medical examination.
You should not have any kind of criminal record registered against you.