I’ve been advocating for foster care and have shared the joys and hardships with anyone who will listen for years now. Three years ago I would have said foster care is important because my wife said so. But I’ve been thinking about the question more lately since recruiting foster care families. Here are six reasons to be a foster parent.
- Foster care is a chance to love someone who has never felt loved.
- It’s the opportunity to meet a need in your community and show love to neighbors and coworkers by caring for their kids when they’re struggling.
- Being a foster parent exposes your children to a life of service and teaches them to live for others, not just for themselves.
- If your childhood wasn’t what you wanted it to be, use that experience to help a child who’s gone through some of the same things and to provide a positive, loving, home environment that you may have never had.
- If you can help a child, you don’t have to spend years repairing an adult. Helping kids now reduces the likelihood of serious issues when they’re adults. Help reduce teen pregnancy, violence, homelessness, and many other societal problems by becoming a foster parent and giving kids the best start you can. If they experience appropriate love and acceptance from birth, they’ll have better views of themselves and others.
- As a believer, I say that foster care is important because of Jesus. Borrowing from Philippians 2:5-8, think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God, but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantage of that status no matter what. Not at all.
When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave and became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death – and the worst kind of death at that – a crucifixion. We can do hard things because Jesus did hard things.
Foster care is hard, no doubt. But you can do it. Regardless of your motivation, whether it’s spiritual or not, you have the chance to make the world a better place by becoming a foster parent.
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