My husband and I have been foster parents for almost 4 years. I don't know if you currently have kids or not, but decide beforehand if you want to be age limited. We didn't want any older than our son, who is now 13, but younger was fine, until we got my 2 year old nephew. He didn't do well with foster children around his age, so we became a little bit more limited. We will do foster children between the ages of 5 and 11. We had one bad experience which made us stop for about a year, but we're back doing it and a couple of them could have led to adoption. There are just a lot of things to consider and talk to your kids about it. Make sure they are behind it or else you will have problems, not only with the foster kids, but also with your own. Also, make sure you have the support of your family if they live near you, it makes holidays so much easier - and babysitting.
at 4:44 PM on Jun. 19, 2008