Parenting Styles - Foster Parenting
This article explains some of the basic
things you need to know if you are considering becoming a foster parent ...
Foster parenting provides temporary family care to children that were disadvantaged for some
Foster parenting is a government-sponsored aspect of many countries, but there are also many
private agencies available that manage foster care.
For the most part, parents interested in providing foster care fill out an application and go
through an acceptance process. From there, children are suited with foster parents and the process begins.
Foster parenting typically applies to children that are considered minors, but there are certain
cases in which co parenting foster care is taken on, usually in cases of children over the legal age that are
disabled or have mental deficiencies.
In some cases, co parenting foster care is also given to children over the legal age that the
state requires be still "attached" to other family members that are already in the foster parenting system.
In many cases, foster care is a temporary home for children before they are either returned home
to their biological parents or until they find another foster care home. One of the biggest issues in foster care
is having the foster parents get too attached to the foster children.
Foster parenting can be tough because of this, so parenting styles must be adapted for the
special circumstances of foster care. Instead of using traditional parenting styles, those in foster parenting
utilize distance techniques to both give the child adequate professional care but also to remain emotionally
distant so as to avoid any connection that would be harmful.
Foster parenting is also in place as a temporary home for those children who may be waiting for
adoption. One of the many critiques of the foster care system is that it is a proverbial revolving door for
children that offers them no real foundation for growth. Because the adoption process is so rigid and necessarily
thorough, there is really no other option but to care for the child in the manner of foster parenting.
The foster parenting program may also be invoked in areas in which a parenting program
demonstrates that a parent is unfit or unwell. In these cases, the parental rights may be removed by the state and
replaced with temporary rights in which the state acts in the interest of the child. These cases are always tough
and rarely end up well for the child, but the state feels compelled to act under the necessity of protecting
children under its care.
Foster parenting is a complicated aspect and is often viewed as both a blessing and a curse
because of the structure of most foster care programs. Many people are not happy with foster parenting because it
does not offer any long-term support and functions as a child's halfway house that offers very limited care through
a short period of time.
Society is structured in such a way, however, that makes caring for children the responsibility
of the parent that gave birth to them. In this fashion, foster parenting is considered an extra program of the
state and has its limitations that it must abide by. Many people do not fully know the legal aspects of foster
parenting and critique the system from a standpoint of ignorance.
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