Foster care isn’t babysitting, and it’s not about adoption. Each child comes with a family of their own, and all the memories, traditions, relationships, and complexities that surround family.
Foster care is about standing in the gap for another family. This family might become part of your own, redefining family as you once knew it. Or you may never get to know them at all. But their reality, their existence, their importance will always be there, touching your days, influencing your children. You can’t—and shouldn’t—erase them away. And you shouldn’t step into foster care if you’re not ready to engage with the reality of them.
Foster care is about family. It’s about welcoming a child into your family. It’s about—in one way or another—welcoming another family into your family. If this sounds like something you are open to, then lean into that. Foster care might just be for you.