My Foster Care Journey
It started a little over two years ago. I stumbled upon a TV Show (The Fosters) which made me think about the foster care system. Out of curiosity, I began to do my own research into the subject. I was appalled to find that there were thousands of children in the foster care system just in my city alone. More shocking still, was the fact that many of these children were forced to be in group homes or even sleep in government offices due to the lack of foster homes available. While there were thousands of children in need of a place to stay, there were only a few hundred foster homes available. It was a heartbreaking truth and a wake up call for me. As I continued my research, I found this was the case not only in my city—but nationwide. This foster care crisis is a worldwide epidemic that could so easily be fixed if only the general public cared enough to open up their hearts to these kids.
After learning this awful truth, I decided I wanted to be part of the solution. As I finished my college degree, I continued to do my research on the foster care system and what it took to be a foster parent. I was surprised to learn that you don’t have to own a house, be married, or even rich to be a foster parent. The most basic requirements were to be a mature adult, able to financially support yourself, and have adequate room for the child in your home.
Flash forward two years, I have now graduated college. I am currently single, working as a full-time nanny, and I live in a one bedroom apartment. Now that I am finally out on my own and financially stable, I feel the call more than ever that I need to be part of this solution to the foster care crisis. Although a single nanny in a one bedroom apartment is certainly not the ideal situation…I have a big heart and the financial resources to love and care for a child as if they were my own. If social services has a better home for these children, I will be happy they do. However, if they do need any and every available foster parent—I want to make sure I am doing my part.
That being said, I am beginning my foster care journey. I am hoping to be become licensed within a year. I wanted to share my journey with you, because there are so few single foster parents (especially young ones like me) who are sharing their stories to encourage others. There are a lot of fears being a young parent, being single parent, and definitely being a young single foster parent. I have my own worries and concerns. However, I know I can provide a stable, loving home for a child in need. Although I am able to foster ages 0-2 in my one bedroom currently, I hope to move into a larger two bedroom next year so that I may be open to fostering older children as well.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. What do you think about being a single foster parent?