Could you become a Foster Parent?

There is a desperate shortage of foster care parents in South Africa.

The main reasons that frighten potential foster care givers away are because the biological parents and even in some cases great parents, stay involved; and that the child might not stay with them. Yet they are expected to invest hugely in the child emotionally and financially. It is an unparalleled commitment, with few guarantees.

By and large, the children who are placed in foster homes are more challenging – they have been exposed to numerous traumatic situations/events, and have developmental asswell as emotional delays due to neglect and the aforementioned trauma. It’s also a complicated process, because their biological parents are involved, and visits by the parents are encouraged to maintain their relationship, but these visits can upset the children all over again.

‘Fostering is not a route into adoption’, says Sue Krawits, the director of Impilo child Protection and Adoption Services. ‘It does happen, because the foster parents would have the first option to adopt should it be a possibility, but no one should go into fostering with that agenda,’ she warns.

Should you be interested in becoming a foster parent, you’ll need to meet certain criteria, and go through a screening process. You’ll have to work closely with social workers, who will have access to your house at short notice.

‘Foster parenting is a very selfless thing to do and you’ve got to be quite insightful about why you’re doing it,’ Sue warns.

– For more information on Impilo Child Protection and Adoption Services, contact them on (011) 640-1343 / http://www.impilo.org.za

About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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2 Responses to Could you become a Foster Parent?

  1. hettie burger says:

    hi daar Helouise, gister was vir ons n groot dag! Het so hard gebid dat alles net goed moet afloop en dat ons aansoek vir 2jaar permanente pleegouerskap toegestaan sal word. weereens het die Here gewys dat Hy groter is as die lewe self. Is soooooo dankbaar en wil sommer net vir almal wat saam gebid het dankie se – Wat n wonderlike voorreg om te kan se ons is ook nou “amptelik” Pleegouers. soos altyd Hettie Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:51:21 +0000 To: hettiebabbel@hotmail.com

    • Dis wonderlike nuus! Baie geluk en dankie dat julle dit so opreg met ons deel. Mag julle daagliks baie geseen word met wysheid, geduld, aanvaarding, krag, en bowenal liefde. Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. From: Foster Care in South AfricaSent: Wednesday 30 October 2013 03:34To: helouiseS@gmail.comReply To: comment+rd8qzuo28i2riamalhw6a754v-@comment.wordpress.comSubject: [Foster Care in South Africa] Comment: “Could you become a Foster Parent? “New comment on your post “Could you become a Foster Parent? “Author : hettie burger (IP: 157.55.2.7 , 157.55.2.7)E-mail : hettiebabbel@hotmail.comURL : Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/157.55.2.7Comment: hi daar Helouise, gister was vir ons n groot dag! Het so hard gebid dat alles net goed moet afloop en dat ons aansoek vir 2jaar permanente pleegouerskap toegestaan sal word. weereens het die Here gewys dat Hy groter is as die lewe self. Is soooooo dankbaar en wil sommer net vir almal wat saam gebid het dankie se – Wat n wonderlike voorreg om te kan se ons is ook nou “amptelik” Pleegouers. soos altyd Hettie

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