Google “questions about foster parenting” and you’ll get lots of official pages from child welfare agencies, state governments and foster/adopt charities (and even a quiz about whether you’re ready to be a foster or adoptive parent), but I haven’t found any “FAQs” that answer the questions that people ask foster parents everyday.
So I’m starting my own! (Yay!) And you’re going to help! (I hope)
FAFQs: Frequently Asked Fostering Questions
So we’ll start with a tricky one that SuperDad and I hear almost daily. It may seem simple, but it’s actually pretty complicated and every foster parent has a different long version. Here’s my short version:
Q: How can you do it?
A: How can I not?
AA (Alternate Answer): If not me, who?
~ Josh Wilson
Sometimes I, I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone’s alright, when I know they’re not
This world needs God, but it’s easier to stand and watch
I could say a prayer and just move on, like nothing’s wrong
But I refuse
‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care
I don’t want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse
To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose not to move
But I refuse
I can hear the least of these crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet of You, oh God
So, if You say move, it’s time for me to follow through
And do what I was made to do
Show them who You are
To stand and watch the weary and lost cry out for help
I refuse to turn my back and try and act like all is well
I refuse to stay unchanged
To wait another day, to die to myself
I refuse to make one more excuse