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Foster Care and Marriage -- Be Cautious

Can it Hurt Your Marriage?


Foster parenting can be both a challenge and a delight to married couples. There is a tremendous reward to knowing that you have made a positive difference in a child's life.

However, the foster parenting lifestyle can hurt your marriage if you don't have solid communication skills and the ability to deal with stressful situations.

Make sure both of you have a full understanding of how being foster parents will impact your marriage./

Foster Care: A Call to Action

Foster Care: A Call to Action produced by ABC News in June, 2006, provides an indepth look at the foster care system in the United States.
"The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade Horn of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former child psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should just be blown up ... There are no provisions for treatment, prevention, family support, or aging out — just for supporting things as they are. He wants to rethink foster care on a national level."

Be Cautious

We are NOT saying that married couples should refrain from sharing their lives with foster children.

We ARE saying that married couples should thoroughly research the foster care laws of the state where they reside to have an understanding of their rights as foster parents. It is important that you understand what you can and cannot do as a foster parent.

We ARE saying that you should NOT consider becoming foster parents if you are interested in becoming foster parents for the money.

We ARE saying that becoming foster parents must be a joint decision with no doubt from either of you.

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