You need to research fostering before you go into it. It's not about having another kid around and it being great. Its not something you do just because you don't want to be pregnant again. When you foster a child, they are in a state of crisis in their lives, otherwise they wouldn't have been removed from their family. You have to be mom, chauffer, counselor, punching bag (mentally, not physically), security blanket, etc... People who are successful foster parents are those who have a burning desire to be there for hurting children and help them through the toughest part of their lives, usually with little or no thanks. They are not people who just think it would be fun to have another child or who want to have a playmate for their child. Foster care is not like long term babysitting. It's a wonderful thing to do, but look into it to make sure its a good fit for you first.
at 10:03 AM on Mar. 17, 2009