How to become a foster parent
Regional Manager at the National Youth Advocate Program
“Five Things to Know About the ‘Fear of Getting Too Attached’”
Many prospective foster parents shy away from foster care because of the fear of getting “too attached.” This blog post by foster-care advocate Jason Johnson discusses why we experience that fear and why it should motivate you—rather than discourage you—to become a foster parent He offers the point that foster care is about providing a nurturing home for a child, so that they remember later in their life that they were valued, loved and cared for.
Family Connections: Yuvia's Story
This video produced by Amara, a nonprofit that offers programs and services to families engaged with foster care and adoption, shares the experiences of a child, mother and foster mother who worked together for the benefit of the child—and what happened was nothing short of amazing. This is a perfect example of why maintaining family connections is so important in fostering and how it can help to create stability for foster kids.
National Youth Advocate Program
The National Youth Advocate Program, where I work, is committed to the best interest of children and their families. We offer educational opportunities and resources to youth and families. Our foster families receive exceptional training, support, and guidance throughout their journey with us. We strive to build community support and advocate on behalf of youth and families through engagement with individuals, families, and public agencies.
St. Joseph County Foster Care Agencies
We have more than half a dozen agencies in our area that serve foster families, many of which specialize in various care needs, to begin your journey as a foster parent or inquire more about foster-care opportunities, I recommend viewing the different agency websites to identify which agency will best work for your home.