I was wondering whether anyone has been a foster parent before?
My DH and I are very soon going to be in a position to allow me the financial freedom to not have to be in paid employment, and I am beginning to assess what I would like to do with this opportunity.
At first I considered study, but the more I think about it, the more that decision seems selfish. I want to do something that benefits the community - not just me.
I have thought about foster care on and off for years, but have never been in a position to do it full time. I think it is something I would be able to add real value to.
Im conscious of the timing of the decision, as DH and I have very recently given up on our hopes of having a child of our own. I don't want to try to make a foster child fill the hole in our lives. I am fairly certain that isn't the case, but it's something to consider nonetheless.
Now I'm rambling. My question is, if any hubbers have fostered before, what's it like? Do they give you training? How do you handle the child returning to their birth family? What is the process of becoming a carer like?