Grandparents: How to Support Your Child as a Foster Parent (Resource Parent)
Grandparents: How to Support Your Child as a Foster (Resource Parent)
There are so many aspects to the fostering process and oftentimes it can be hard for grandparents to know how to support their child as a new foster parent (resource parent). Here are 2 ways you can support your child in becoming a foster parent (resource parent) and in some cases, the potential adoption of your newest grandchild:
*Treat Them the Same
Unfortunately, many people do not view parenting a foster child the same in our society as having a naturally born child. Foster adoptive children and parents are lost in the mix and oftentimes are surprised at how different bringing home a foster child can be compared to other children they have brought home. Becoming a foster parent (resource parent) can be a very lonely process. Support your child as they become a foster parent (resource parent) by offering to create a meal schedule when the child comes home or plan a shower to celebrate the arrival of a new child. Remember that there are still things that are needed even if the child is older. Do your part in treating the arrival of a foster child just the same as if the child was born naturally.
*Double Check before You Act
Parenting a foster child can be hard at times. Foster parents (resource parents) are required to take many classes and continuing education on how to handle hard situations that many foster children struggle with. As a grandparent, make sure that your actions are in line with how the foster parent (resource parent) does things. Respect the rules of the house and leave the discipline to the foster parent (resource parent). When in doubt, ask before you react to a foster child. You could do more harm and set back the child if your actions are in line with what the foster parent (resource parent) has established.
Knowing these few things will help ease the transition of getting to know the new child in your life. Patience and keeping an open mind will only help grandparents navigate the many issues that can accompany the transition into their own child becoming a foster parent (resource parent). Children First Foster Family Agency is committed to helping support everyone in a foster care family. Contact us today if you are interested in taking the next steps of becoming a foster parent (resource parent).