I Am a Foster Parent

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 96 People

    I have two teenage girls one is a freshman in

    college and the other is a senior in high school. They are sisters and they do not like each other. They are civil and get along but there is a underlying sense in the house. Both girls have social issues and need much therapy but they are both therapied out. Tonight I got...
    BlueRose601 BlueRose601
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 16, 2014

    Dear God help me... 19 year old in DHS.

    In have had her for a year and she recently has started hanging with the wrong friends and allowing herself to be influenced by them. She has been ground but last night I trusted her to go out with some friends. I gave an inch and you can only guess how much she took. Yea I was...
    BlueRose601 BlueRose601
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Apr 12, 2014

    I can't comprehend how anyone can let drugs

    or alcohol control them so much that they're willing to give up they kids and than blame everyone else. I hate and at the same time love being a foster parent can someone please explain to me how a person can give up kids for anything?!
    Herefornow9 Herefornow9
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jan 10, 2015


    hi just applied to foster any help much appreciated
    fostering fostering
    2 Responses Oct 3, 2012

    We became foster parents due to my own life

    living in foster care.. Although I loved most of my foster carers.. There were times when I didn't feel like part of the family. There were rules for their kids and different ones for me.. We chose not to do that when we fostered.. I can happily say that the kid that we...
    dizzylizzy77 dizzylizzy77
    3 Responses Jun 14, 2014

    Diving Into The Teenage Years Head First

    I always said I'd never foster...I could never imagine having a kid for 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months and end up having to give them back. I figured it would be way to hard on me. We ran into a unique situation 2 years ago when we got our foster son. I've known him all his life, we...
    mindrew mindrew
    1 Response Oct 24, 2011

    10 Kids

    I never thought I would be a mother of 10 kids. I have two biological kids and the rest of my children started out as foster children that I have adopted over the years. I have a sibling group of four and two other sibling groups of two. Most of the time they have friends over so...
    Joyce35d Joyce35d
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 16, 2013

    This One Girl

    The moment I had turned eighteen I went though the training, filled the forms ect. I grew up knowing a girl a little younger than me. That girl was livingthe definition of hell. She had a heart of gold but refused to show it. She had been abused, raped, bullied and lived with a...
    PoisonedRedRose PoisonedRedRose
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 6, 2013

    Hi. I am not a foster parent yet,

    but I dream to be. I am extremely scared because I have bi-polar disorder but it is extremely well managed. I also have multiple sclerosis and for my fatigue I take adderall. Will this kill my eligibility? Do they interview psychiatrists and/or pull prescription records? I am...
    KaiWolfy KaiWolfy
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Mar 9, 2015

    Good Site Resource

    Gentling.org Resource site for foster parents, parents, teachers, social workers, judges....anyone who deals with children who have been trauamtized by child abuse. The book that this guy wrote is great, and ther is free stuff on the site as well.
    hyokahey hyokahey
    2 Responses May 12, 2010

    First Foster Child

    Wasn't planning on raising any more children. In a marriage  where I am not happy,don't understand why GOD gives children to people that won't love them or raise them. We have felled children teaching then to be responsible. I understand making a mistake once there are...
    bquick bquick
    51-55, M
    Feb 15, 2008

    Hello! I am a foster parent to my 4 Nieces

    and nephews and in process of adoption. I feel like I'm going crazy!
    Jamice123 Jamice123
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2015


    I am an ex foster carer- short term and emergency. I stopped...9 years ago? I took the long journey to be approved to adopt and to be matched while still fostering, and until I was 'matched' with my son. Some kids stayed for a few hours. More often than not, these were teens...
    Jacinth Jacinth
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 19, 2013

    Fostering And Discouraged.

    My Story is a bit long. Almost a year ago my boyfriend drove from PA to GA to bring back his nephew whom the mother called and said she did not want anymore. To make the story short, the mother threw the nephew onto the street right before my boyfriend got there. Cops were called...
    mhobson0213 mhobson0213
    4 Responses Jul 5, 2013

    More Like Babysitter...

    My foster Son is 8 years old. He often has rages and outbursts when he does not get his way. He through these mood swings - where one minute he is playing around and the next he is hitting my kids with all his might. He gets angry, screams, bites and flat out refuses to listen...
    shannon1970 shannon1970
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Apr 11, 2011

    I was neighbors for 7yrs with a family with 5

    kids. The 3 younger kids' dad was with the mom of the 5. when they broke up he kicked mom and the older 2 out, mom got involved with drugs and alcohol and prostitution and signed over legal guardianship of the 12 & 14yo to us. they have been with us over a year now and it is...
    binky774 binky774
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 30, 2015

    Been Doing Adult Foster Care For Many Years Now

    I enjoying the 2 that have been with me so many years now they are like the children we could never have years ago before my wife was killed. And while work at a different level then many years it is still rewarding on the good days but deep in my mind, I now it is just a...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    Jan 21, 2013

    Becoming a Guardian

    A few years ago I became the guardian of a non-related teenager who had major problems at home (I knew him since he was about 8 years old). It was either stay with me or end up at a state facility somewhere. The experience was kinda tough. I had to deal with his parents...
    Mrkool Mrkool
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Sep 8, 2008

    my husband and I just became foster parents in

    February and have 3 girls right now a 16 yr old and twin 1.5 yr olds. never pictured myself being a foster parent and neither did my husband but it just made sense till we find ourselves own wondering child to adopt that we foster since the house and ourselves we're prepared for...
    bridgemanhippie bridgemanhippie
    22-25, F
    Apr 7, 2016

    Fellow Foster Parent

    Hi, I am foster parent and I take in high risk teens. I started this when my son who is 18 had just turned 3, and his mom dropped him off at a crack house in Detroit. I picked him up and social services asked me to get licensed and take him in. Well, I adopted him and then years...
    seafishingirl seafishingirl
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 2, 2012

    I Am A Foster Parent That Is Tired Of The System

    Ever since watching "Annie" at the age of 5, I have always wanted to adopt. As I became older, I learned of the many needs of children in foster care and once I became married and established in my career, my husband and I agreed to give foster parenting a try with the intent to...
    zalear zalear
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Sep 29, 2011

    My Gain

    Today..i feel like reflecting.....my day is grey and raining...a summer storm having passed during the night. I'm sitting here beside my teenage daughter  but listening to my 3 foster kids squarking about who's turn it is on the playstation. Now..if anyone reading this have ever...
    Tgilly Tgilly
    51-55, F
    5 Responses Dec 30, 2011

    Twenty Two Years

    I started fostering at 23. That was more than twenty years ago. I've never looked back. I fostered for eleven years- but stopped after I had my two children, now eleven and ten. I started fostering once more, seven years ago. That means I've had eighteen years of foster...
    NoEyeDear NoEyeDear
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Sep 14, 2013

    I never expected to become one

    but the situation with my in-laws pretty much called for it to happen. We were the only members of the family that didn't have a criminal record and can pass a drug test so it felt that we were meant to take care of our family members. When they were placed with us, I was...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 20, 2014

    I am currently a foster parent

    and I love what I do . I love working with children and I am a teacher for Head Start as well. I have a 10 year old who has very bad hygiene and pees and pops all over the toilet. I know this is due to his upbringing and there are certain things I can do and cannot do when it...
    tyshonda tyshonda
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 17, 2015

    I so hate a certain person in this world

    for what he's done to my foster child I can't say He's in prison but still he's causing her great pain ! I just hope that he suffers in hell for what he's done Let me shut up before I say something really bad. Burn in hell you sick ********* 👹!!! Thanks I just needed to...
    Herefornow9 Herefornow9
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Sep 25, 2014

    Am I Crazy Or What?

    I was a foster parent for several years - took in several kids and loved it.  In 2007 I stopped fostering kids because my husband couldn't handle it anymore. This year, my husband I split up and I moved to another island.  When I arrived on the island, I saw that there...
    childoftheland childoftheland
    46-50, F
    28 Responses Aug 9, 2009

    Is It Making Me Hard?

    Recently I was presented with a baby and half a carrier bag of clothes, if you could call them that. Inside the bag was a bundle of baby grows. They smelt disgusting and were covered in a mixture of dried baby sick, dog hairs and cigarette ash. It was only after I had dumped the...
    RobertaSunset RobertaSunset
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Dec 4, 2008

    My mother is a foster parent.

    She has taken in over 100 girls since I was age 4 and she has even helped 30 girls get into college and get their own place.
    euphorian euphorian
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 22, 2014

    I Ask My Great-nephew To Live With Me.

    A little over a year and half ago my niece was experiencing some emotional as well as addictions issues. I went to her one night and said hey your kids need a temporary place while you deal with your issues. Long story short next day she signed the soon to be 3yo over to me...
    jimalee2000 jimalee2000
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Nov 20, 2010

    My Son

    My son has been in temporary foster care for two weeks now I see him 3 times a week for an hour, he was taken off me because I smacked his bum and left bruising, this was the first time he'd been smacked, I let everything get on top of me, wasent sorting my depression out I let...
    Carla808 Carla808
    26-30, F
    4 Responses May 4, 2013

    I got my temporary license on December 18th,

    2013, and received my first foster child on December 20th, 2013. I have been truly blessed to have such a cutie for my first time. He is almost 3 and fits well in my family and home. He is so easy to love. He will definitely break my heart when he goes home but I will cherish...
    MagicBella73 MagicBella73
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 16, 2014

    who's foster son has an important date coming

    up. On Feb. 27 is the court date to determine if the birth parents get another chance to regain custody of their son. Right now they are found unfit. the mother is pregnant with another child. Unsure of the father. A little background--birth parents have been making bad...
    rayvonte rayvonte
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 22, 2014

    They Are Gone

    Today is a very quiet morning.  Yesterday, the two kids I am fostering went home.  It was a sad day, but at the same time one of relief for me. My son is very much like me - on one hand he was very sad to see his two playmates go home, but also happy to have his life...
    childoftheland childoftheland
    46-50, F
    12 Responses Oct 22, 2009

    After The Foster Children Grow Up

    I am searching for foster parents, adoptive parents, and former foster children to share inspirational stories of their success after foster care. The goal is to provide a collection of stories that provide hope to current foster children and foster parents while easing the...
    iwasafosterkid iwasafosterkid
    1 Response Jul 15, 2012

    Well I'm more of a private foster parent

    as I do not get any government support for Josh. Even the SSI money he gets goes into a private bank account in his name. We only use money from it for tutoring at Sylvan, school lunch, and a monthly stipend. His mother died of cancer in 2010. His father had left the scene...
    tastyfrzz tastyfrzz
    56-60, M
    Dec 27, 2014
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