Peter Blanc, Dependency Judge, shares with us his thoughts about foster parents: "You have to have a huge heart to be a Foster Parent, because the State is asking you to step in and fulfill the roll of a parent at least temporary if not permanently."
When you come in as a Foster Parent your supposed to come in with the understanding, that in all likelihood it is temporarily. So you are going to love a child like he or she is your own and then you always have to be prepared to give that child back says Peter.
Pam and Ron, are Foster Parents they are really passionate about helping children, particularly teenagers. They have been Foster Parents for almost 5 years.
Krista King, Foster Parent has worked with children of different cultures and being with them have broaden her horizons. She recommends: “You just love the kids as much as you can, while they are there, they were placed with you for a reason, you just take care of them and do the best you can with them during the time that they need you.”
Carol Edwards, Big Bend Community Based Care, explains what is involved in becoming a foster parent. You go through a MAPP training program, which is a 30-hour program. In addition to that there is a background screenings, and also home study. Then if everything seems to be a good fit they part you for licensing. Pam and Ron teach a Map class and it's really fun.
Rielynn Abrahams, Foster Parent, believes that to be able to give to kids, hope and the notion that there is someone that cares about them that loves them, that wants to be there for them, it is just amazing.
Drew, in Foster Care, describes foster parents as people that care about their adopted kids and that actually want to take care of them.