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You might have heard about being a foster parent, and it might even be something that you have considered. However, you could be unsure of whether or not it’s actually something you should pursue. These are a few signs that you would be a good foster parent.

good foster parents holding daughter's hand at the park

Portrait of a little girl holding her foster parents’ hands at the park

1. You Have Your Day-to-Day Life in Order

Of course, many people feel as if they never truly have their day-to-day lives in order. However, if you have a stable living situation, reasonably good health and a good support system, it’s going to make it easier for you to be a good foster parent to kids who are in need.

2. You Don’t Mind Being an “Open Book”

To ensure that kids are being placed in good homes in the foster care system, local and state agencies often do a lot of “digging” to find out as much as they can about potential foster parents. Therefore, it’s important for you to be okay with being asked lots of questions, having a background check done, being fingerprinted and more if you want to be a foster parent.

3. You’re Financially Stable

You may receive a stipend to help cover the cost of taking care of the foster children who you end up taking into your home, but you should understand that you may still have to come out-of-pocket for some expenses when fostering. Therefore, it’s important to be financially stable if this is something that you are willing to do.

4. You’re Open-Minded

It’s important to be open-minded if you want to be a foster parent. You might find yourself fostering children of different ages, races, and backgrounds.

5. You Have Patience

Taking care of children always requires a lot of patience. This can be especially true when you’re fostering since you might find yourself taking care of children who have various behavioral issues or other problems. Therefore, it’s critical for you to be a patient person if you want it to work out.

Learn More About What Makes a Good Foster Parent

Not everyone is cut out to be a foster parent, but there are a lot of people out there who could be a big help to kids who come from all sorts of situations. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a foster parent, contact us at Texas Family Initiative today.