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Have you ever thought about taking children in need into your home, either adopting or fostering? If you never pursued it, what stopped you? Did you have some reservations?
On today’s program…
Today, this is a discussion from 2 foster dads, myself and my guest, Nick Jenkins, will try to debunk the common myths of foster care.
Maybe you ask yourselves why would I do that? — Well, let’s ask what would happen if you didn’t…
Let me tell you some truths…
When children grow up WITHOUT a safe, loving home there are dire long-term consequences
- Children may not be able to learn at the same rate as their peers and they may struggle with emotional difficulties.
- Children can suffer from long-term health problems, and even death.
- Children who are shuffled between foster homes are more likely to fail classes and fall behind in their learning and socialization.
- Few foster children receive normal physical examinations and are the most vulnerable to experiencing poor health compared with any other group of children in the United States.
- For foster children who never find a permanent home and simply age out of the foster care system, the consequences are significant and long-term:
- only 50% will complete high school,
- A quarter of them will be homeless,
- 40% will depend on some form of public assistance, and
- 27% of males and 10% of females will be incarcerated at least once.
So, today’s discussion will be fun and silly, but also an important talk. With that, Let’s discuss the hang-ups and problems that people have with fostering…
Common myths we discuss:
- I have no control over which children come into my home.
- Children end up in foster care because it’s is punishment for their own juvenile delinquency.
- I can’t foster if I have a full-time job outside of the home. Foster parents have to stay at home with the children and I work full-time, I guess that excludes me.
- I can’t afford it. They will have too many medical bills that my medical insurance won’t handle, not to mention needs for clothes and food. It’s just too much.
- Adopting or fostering a child who’s been removed from the care of their birth parents is dangerous.
- I’m single so, I can’t foster… Plus, I don’t have any children and to be a foster parent you need to have parenting experience.
- I could never be a foster parent because I’m not married and don’t make a lot of money. I don’t even own my own home.
- My children are grown and out of the house. I’m too old to be a foster parent.
Show Resources / Mentions:
- All in Orphan Care, Jason Johnson
- Hope For The Journey Podcast episodes featuring David McConnell:
Episode 49 and Episode 50
- A short film about children, from their perspective on going through the foster care system:
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