In America, there are over half a million children waiting to be placed into foster parents’ homes; not surprisingly, agencies that find and support would-be foster parents are constantly looking for people who are willing to open their residences to kids who need them. But it’s important for prospective foster parents to realize that they should be background checked to ensure that they are a good match for this important role.
Unfortunately, we’ve all heard hair-raising stories about foster parents that make the foster care system sound as if it’s been overlooking background checks in a flurry to get anyone and everyone into the foster parenting role. While this is certainly understandable on some level, it can have disastrous results, especially for the innocent children.
Of course, background checks alone are not guarantors of successful foster parents. Those who pass background checks also must have a strong amount of commitment, patience and love to weather the storminess that comes with foster parenting territory. They must also take courses such as CPR training, sit through special classes and undergo medical physicals that test for communicable diseases like TB.
However, background checking can and will add more than a modicum of protection for the youngsters who are so often in American-based foster homes for 1-5 years
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