You may not think of yourself as different or special, but your empathy for young people who are hurting sets you apart. You know that every kid does better with a steady supply of unconditional care, safety and support—and you feel driven to open your home and your heart to make a difference in a young person’s life.
The families who foster through Foster Plus agencies represent the diversity of the state and the diversity of the young people receiving care. Though you don’t need to have the same background as the young people you foster, having a diverse pool of available families helps agencies match kids and teens with the people who can best meet their specific needs. This includes foster parents who:
There are a disproportionate number of young people of color in the foster care system, and caring for them requires cultural competency and an understanding of the challenges that many kids of color face.
LGBTQ+ foster parents can offer understanding and acceptance that reaches young people during a time of self-discovery and transition.
If you have experience as a traditional foster parent and are ready to take the next step, Foster Plus is a great way to amplify your impact.
If you’ve experienced and overcome trauma, you may have a greater ability to support and understand a young person who’s struggling to overcome a difficult past.
Your professional training and drive to make a difference can help you connect with a kid in need.
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