Why do we need a foster home? Why they are growing so much? Are really there so many children who are the victim of child abuse?
The increase in the number of foster homes may have many reasons but one of the reasons for this is that many kids are orphans. Another reason that can be considered for this is that either one of the parents may have died and the other one is not able to take care of his/her child. There are some more reasons for children in foster homes like child abuse, a neglected child by parents, emotional abuse, or substance abuse.
According to AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System), almost half a million children were in foster care in 2016. But, as a study shows, the foster care system is more than what we hear or see. Let’s take a look at why foster care is important.
- Safety and stability: The foremost purpose of a foster home is to provide a safe and stable environment. Children who have been taken out of their homes need a place where they can feel safe. They might have suffered abuse or neglect from parents.
Lisa Witter from Perpetual Fostering (https://perpetualfostering.co.uk/) says that foster parents help children by giving them a safe place to live. They help them to learn what a happy and loving home feels like.
- Education: Sometimes, parents love their children, but due to some reasons they lack in providing them a better future and education. Reasons like poverty, drug addictions or other personal issues do not let them provide what their child needs. As a result, that child doesn’t know what a normal life looks like.
Foster homes teach them how to be kind and learn to laugh and live and act their age. They make them learn about themselves, about their surroundings in a positive manner and provide them with everything they deserve.
- Understanding the relations: The most important role of foster parents is to make a child understand what a family means and what it looks like. They need to have individual attention and guidance to grow and develop according to age.
Foster parents not only support the child but they also support his/her parents too by assuring them that their child is at a safe place and is being cared for until they resolve their issues and get their life on track. Foster parents provide a safe time period to a child while his/her parents resolve the issues and become the parents they want to be.
Other roles that foster families plays:
- Share their homes and families.
- Share the paternal role along with social services.
- Help them and their biological families come together.
It doesn’t matter how much time they stay at a foster home, their experience will be significant and important in his/her life. Foster care is a system which helps in bringing the families together and help kids grow and move on in their life regardless of their past.