There are many misconceptions that exist around foster care. In recognition of National Foster Care Month, we’d like to shed some light on a few of these foster care myths.
• Children in foster care come from a wide variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. In fact, Caucasian children make up nearly half of all those in foster care.
• More than 50% of all foster children are reunited safely and happily with their biological parent(s) or guardian(s).
• The average age of children in foster care is 8 years-old.
• On average, children spend just over a year in foster care.
• Less than one out of every 10 foster care children are juvenile delinquents.
• Many states provide help for families to feed and care for foster children and even assist with daycare, medical care and tuition if needed.
• You do not need to be wealthy, own a home or married to be a foster parent.
What is required?
Although states and organizations have different requirements for foster parents, at the basic level, you need:
• Financial stability (evidence you can care for the family you already have)
• A roof (rented or owned)
• An extra bed
• Demonstrated responsibility and good judgement
And most importantly:
SELFLESS LOVE! The kind of love that can provide for a child with the hopes of finding that child a permanent home! For more information about how you can help a child through foster care, please visit LSS/NCA’s Adoption and Foster Care Page.
Foster Care Statistics 2013