How will becoming a foster parent change your life?
If you’ve ever contemplated becoming a foster parent, the likelihood is you’ve asked yourself “how will it affect my life?”. Well, the impact fostering can have on yourself or your family is dependent on your circumstances.
Why become a foster parent?
Fostering should be beneficial for both the parent and the foster child. For example, if your children have flown the nest you may be experiencing loneliness. Fostering a child would mean that not only are you nurturing a child in need, but you’re also giving your life purpose once again. On the other hand, you may feel like your happy family could help a child in need by providing a positive and stable environment, whilst positively impacting your children.
Impact on your children
The impact that becoming foster parent will have on your children can be incredible. You are teaching your child caring and kindness qualities from an early age, whilst providing the foster child with loving friends for life. Fostering can potentially have the biggest impact if you have an only child, who may be craving a sibling to share their childhood with. Creating lasting memories and changing a child’s life is rewarding enough, but improving the quality of your own child’s life at the same time is something truly remarkable.
Earn an extra income
Of course, the primary reason you want to be a foster parent is because you want to change a child’s life. However, another benefit of fostering is the fostering allowance you can expect to receive. This will contribute towards everything the child could need including: food, clothing, leisure activities and toiletries. You would also be classed as self-employed as a foster carer, allowing for a significant tax break. Foster parents are also supported financially for birthday’s and Christmas. You will be given an extra allowance as these are often expensive times of the year.
Adds meaning to your life
Becoming a foster parent will add meaning to your life, where you may be questioning your purpose. This can especially be the case if your children have left for college or university, you may be feeling lonely. On the other hand, perhaps you’ve never had the opportunity to have children of your own. Coming to terms with that may have been the hardest stage of your life. Likely, it will have left you feeling like there’s a gap in your life. The child you would be fostering will likely have been through similar emotions. Helping the child through their thoughts and feelings, providing a loving, nurturing environment and watching them grow could be the best thing you’ve ever done. For further information you can always contact us if you need any help.