Both a challenging and rewarding position.
Foster Parent (Current Employee) – Cowlitz County – April 8, 2015
As a foster parent you have many responsibilities to a number of individuals; the child placed in your home, the agency, the child's biological family, the team and your own family.
Your goal as a foster parent is to provide skilled care, discipline and nurturing for any child placed in your home, while serious problems are addressed through treatment interventions. You must operate as a parent, a behavior management specialist, a mentor, a guide, a protector, a team member, an advocate, a teacher, a mentor of families, and as a caregiver. This is a big role.
The hardest part of my job as a foster parent is disappointment in the children when their families do not show to visit, etc. It is heart breaking to see their hurt.
The most enjoyable part of the job is when the child has accomplishments, when they see their self worth, and when they are able to return to safe, healthy family homes.
Giving back to the community in a real life way that helps.
There are alot of cons, so you have to stay focused on the Pros.