My dh and I have been very seriously considering becoming foster parents. I have some questions that I was wondering if anyone in here could answer.
My kids are still pretty young...my son is almost four and my daughter is almost one. Would it be better to wait until they are a bit older? How old?
I know there is a required orientation period with classes, but if a special needs or medically challenged child is placed in my home, will I receive special instruction on how to care for him/her?
How many foster children can I take in at one time?
Do I have to provide a separate bedroom for each foster child?
I feel like I shouldn't take in kids that are older than my children, for safety reasons...does that make sense or am I just being over protective?
How do you deal with saying goodbye when the kids leave your home?
How do you deal with it if you get a child that has been terribly abused but the system gives them back to their parents? How often does that actually happen?
How do you deal with your own emotions when you take in a child that has been abused?
ETA: I did look into foster parenting groups on here, but you have to be a member to post in them. So I thought I would ask in here first.