For so many of us, the fear of the unknown stands in the way of our future. I've thought about moving somewhere far, far away. But it's scary, so I stop myself at just thinking about it.
But foster parenting is amazing, and it's totally worth taking that next step. I'm not saying you have to go tomorrow and get licensed. Not everyone CAN or SHOULD be a foster parent. But you won't know if it's right for you until you find out more.
So here are some things you can do right now to take one more baby step beyond just "thinking about it."
Read something. Check out the new Resources page for recommended books and blogs about foster parenting. A great one to start with: "Another Place at the Table" by amazing foster parent Kathy Harrison.
Attend an orientation. Contact a foster care agency in your area and ask when they are holding their next foster parent orientation. Just attend, sit in the back, and listen. That's it. There is absolutely no kind of commitment required.
Talk to a foster parent. Surely you know someone who knows a foster parent. (The second thing everyone says to me after "I thought about doing that" is "I know someone who does that.") Ask around, and when you find a foster parent ask if you can bring coffee and donuts to their house some day to pick their brain. If you offer to hold a baby or two while you're there they'll be happy to take you up on the offer! Then, just ask them to tell you what it's like. Be forewarned - foster parenting is intense and isolating work so they'll probably complain most of the time. So make sure you also ask them to tell you about the good parts.
See? That's not so scary!