The first requirement for becoming a foster parent is to have a genuine interest in children and youth, as well as a sense of community responsibility. Foster parents come from a diverse range of cultural, religious and lifestyle backgrounds.
Foster parents receive ongoing supports and training to assist them with meeting the needs of the children and youth placed in their home.
Foster parents can be:
– Experienced parent applicants whose family has grown
– Single people
– People with training in child care and/or other related professions
– Young couples who become foster parents while raising their own children
– People with no special training but are willing to learn.
Foster parents are needed to provide care for youth in many different ways.
Some of the different ways include:
– Short term care
– Long term care
– Emergency placement