When a foster parent agrees to open their home to children going through a difficult period in their lives, they take on a unique set of challenges.
Often they are taking in a group of siblings who have been through a traumatic family situation. Their lives are in transition, and the foster parent must find a way to roll with the punches as their caseworkers attempt to reunite the family or, if that becomes unrealistic, find the child an adoptive home.
Foster Parent Liaison Caroline Klages explained that fostering takes parents with a lot of love to give and patience to get through tough behaviors stemming from the child’s experiences.
“They are having a child come into their home that is scared,” she said. “Most of the kids that come into your home and mine are not scared. Kids removed from their families are scared, and they have been through some stuff. They are going to need time to adjust. You need to be willing to hang through the long haul.”
It can be challenging.
That is where Santa Rosa Foster/Adoptive Parent Association comes in. Founded by president and foster parent Gerald Waters back in 2007, the organization seeks to provide a support group and education opportunities for these dedicated parents.
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