Foster Care

The question of foster care has come up for us several times over the course of our marriage. There was a time I didn’t think it was something that I could handle. Sometimes I am still not sure if I could do it. Love a child, be a child’s parent for weeks, months, even years…and then hand that child over to someone else, usually back to wherever they were removed from before? It sounds so hard. The old me never would have stood a chance in such a situation.

But, the new me is older, wiser, more mature. The new me has held, read to, listened to, and loved many children…and then let them go.

The subject came up again for us today. Will we foster? My husband thinks he is ready. I’m not so sure. I want to be a mother. But can I mother a child born to another woman? Can I mother a child that may not be mine forever?

It’s a lot to think about. We’re not jumping into anything right away. But I think we’re leaning more and more in this direction. My husband says as soon as I am ready, we can find out when the next set of classes starts. He knows about fostering, he’s been down this road with his parents.

We’ll see, I guess. We’re at least discussing this now. I feel like I need a little more time before jumping into such a giant lifestyle change. I’m sure there will be more on this later.

Foster Care

The question of foster care has come up for us several times over the course of our marriage. There was a time I didn’t think it was something that I could handle. Sometimes I am still not sure if I could do it. Love a child, be a child’s parent for weeks, months, even years…and then hand that child over to someone else, usually back to wherever they were removed from before? It sounds so hard. The old me never would have stood a chance in such a situation.

But, the new me is older, wiser, more mature. The new me has held, read to, listened to, and loved many children…and then let them go.

The subject came up again for us today. Will we foster? My husband thinks he is ready. I’m not so sure. I want to be a mother. But can I mother a child born to another woman? Can I mother a child that may not be mine forever?

It’s a lot to think about. We’re not jumping into anything right away. But I think we’re leaning more and more in this direction. My husband says as soon as I am ready, we can find out when the next set of classes starts. He knows about fostering, he’s been down this road with his parents.

We’ll see, I guess. We’re at least discussing this now. I feel like I need a little more time before jumping into such a giant lifestyle change. I’m sure there will be more on this later.

Posted 3 years ago & Filed under Foster Care, Love, Children, Family, Becoming a Mother,

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