Advice from Current Foster Families: The Fostering/Adoption Process (Part One)


"Fostering a child is a complicated undertaking. Every child is different and deals with this difficult situation differently. You need to be flexible and able to roll with the punches. One assumption we had was that we would only be fostering the children and would have little to no involvement with the rest of their families. However, we have found that in many cases you will be involved in fostering the entire family. God will use you as a tool to rebuild these broken families, not only their children. 

My advice to those interested in fostering: Know that you aren’t alone. Reach out to others who foster, because they understand what you are going through. Think of Anna’s House as part of your foster care team. They have been pivotal for our family. They have worked alongside with us every step of the way making sure that not only the children have everything they need physically, emotionally and mentally, but that our needs are met as well."

— Kellie and Troy Carter

Learn more about our foster parent support groups here

 

The Fostering/Adoption Process: Part Two

 

The process itself is really easy. It gets complicated when trying to gather all the necessary paperwork and getting schedules in sync for the interview/home inspection. Anna’s House has been amazing in helping to get the paperwork completed and any additional care the child may need, and honestly just being an encourager. They’ve done all the work so I can concentrate on the child and my family. Training was easy to attend (it was a full two days), which was easier on my schedule than spreading it out over weeks. I’ve been able to attend one support meeting, and will continue to go. Anna’s House makes it easy to attend, and it was great to sit with like-minded people and be reminded that we are not alone in our journey.

 

 

My advice to anyone beginning the fostering/adoption process: Ask all of your questions. There is no dumb or silly question. And yes, you will become attached and will mourn when they leave, but you will rejoice with the families that needed help and be in awe of all the hard work they did to accomplish the intended outcome.

— Angie Anderson

Learn more about our foster parent support groups here