One Parent Foster Families
Single parents can provide loving homes to foster children
The biggest requirement of becoming a foster parent is actually the same for couples and singles – you must have a deep desire to love and care for children.
Single Foster Parenting
All children need a loving and stable foster parent whether they are married, divorced, or single. According to a report from fostercoalition.com, of the families who adopt children from foster care, 28 percent are single females, 3 percent are single males, and 2 percent are unmarried couples.
Not all foster parents adopt, and many children safely return to their biological families after spending time in foster care. But these figures show that single foster parents are out there, providing a loving and stable environment for children in foster care.
How To Become A Single Foster Parent
Foster parenting can be one of the most fulfilling jobs. Although this role undoubtedly brings its challenges, you are making a conscious decision to care for a child in need. Along with passing a background check and other state requirements, a potential single foster parent must be self-sufficient and not have gone through a divorce within the past year.
Families and individuals who foster are passionate about helping children. The Bair Foundation gives them the training they need to provide healing from the trauma these children have experienced. These families open their homes and hearts to care for the children in a family setting.
The process of becoming a foster parent has a few steps to ensure the health and safety of children and teens in the system. Those who are interested must attend a pre-service training, CPR and first aid certified, background checks, paperwork and complete a home study.
It takes a special type of personality to become a foster parent, as well as a special type of home. You need available bedroom and bathroom space to lend your home to a foster youth. Depending on how spacious your home and resources are, you could even consider fostering siblings. Finances are often a concern for single parents who may have to leave the house to work. The foster care payments help cover the costs of housing, clothing, and feeding, however these allowances may not cover everything and the foster parent should not rely on these payments as a source of income.
Providing A Brighter Future
Being a single parent can be tough at times, but building the bridge from a child’s past to a better future will make all the difference.
Just because someone does not have a spouse or significant other does not mean that they lack support options. Many single parents have their own community they can turn to for support and assistance, especially friends and extended family members. No matter what stage of life you’re in, if you have the resources, patience, and love to foster a child in need, you can learn more about parenting and yourself with our help.
Our mission as a Christian agency is to ensure that all children who need a safe home are placed in a home that will show them the forever love they have in their Ultimate Father. Children who are scared and alone need the security that a stable home can bring, even if it’s only for a short time. You can be that difference.
No matter what transitions our children may face through failed reunification attempts, or moves, they will always know the love of Lord and be introduced to a relationship with Christ through the amazing foster families at Bair. Because of our Bair families, children know that they are never abandoned!
Interested in becoming a foster parent?
To get started, fill out our contact form or find your local office and someone will contact you directly. If you are not in the position to become a foster parent, consider donating securely online, by check or by calling 800-543-7058.
With your prayers and financial commitment, children who have suffered emotional trauma can find healing and become our future leaders.
With 250,000 children entering foster care each year, our work is never done.
You can take the first step toward providing the loving home that every kid deserves.Become a Foster parent