We're getting our foster license and I have been thinking of possibly fostering a pregnant teen... or maybe more than one. I've learned that "teen homes" often push adoption and religion on the teens and I think that I could provide support for the next 5 years or so for a foster teen who really wants to parent her child... childcare while so goes to school, grandmotherly type guidance on motherhood, a roof over her head and help getting her independent living in a few years, etc. I'm looking for advice and for you ladies to point out any pitfalls or things I may not have thought of. One pitfall is that I am not really of grandmotherly age or appearance (I'm in my mid thirties) and I wonder if my input would be taken seriously. Thanks!
Asked by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Jun. 18, 2010 in Adoption
Answer by BlainesMommy09 at 1:27 PM on Jun. 18, 2010
Answer by miriamz at 11:22 PM on Jun. 29, 2010
Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 1:22 PM on Jun. 18, 2010
"If you do it I hope you are prepared to take care of a baby. Because 9 times out of 10 the girl runs away and leaves her baby in the foster home."
I don't believe that stat for a minute.
I AM a foster/adopt mom, I have taught classes to foster parents at our resource center, I am a CASA, I have been around and seen it all. Many people go into foster care with this fantasy about helping and saving people. This is not reality and you better educate yourself about the system before you end up in over your head. Yes, becoming a foster parent is a wonderful thing, but know what you are getting into.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 PM on Jun. 22, 2010
Answer by doodlebopfan at 9:12 AM on Jun. 23, 2010
Answer by michaux at 4:45 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by NovemberLove at 9:17 PM on Jun. 29, 2010
Answer by NovemberLove at 9:21 PM on Jun. 29, 2010
Answer by doodlebopfan at 9:11 AM on Jul. 1, 2010
Answer by glamomomo at 1:18 PM on Jun. 18, 2010
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