How to successfully avoid things you just don’t want to think about

This is a Mission Moment written for everybody else to read—it’s not intended for you. You can’t think about foster care parenting because you’re too busy, too strapped for cash, too confused, too tired, too old, or, maybe, too alone.

A majority of children entering foster care as a result of abuse and neglect within their home successfully reunite with their family after brief periods of care away from their parental home. That result comes about thanks to the hard work and commitment of their biological parents, the involvement of their foster parents, plus support from professionals.

However, when children and youth cannot safely return home, adoption is the preferred alternative. The State of New Hampshire is continually recruiting families who are ready and able to commit to a child or youth waiting for permanent adoption. There’s an ongoing need: That’s when somebody else steps forward!

Foster Parents are asked to provide a safe, stable, temporary, and caring atmosphere for a child placed in their home. Foster parents become part of a team effort to support the child and implement the plans made for the child. This will involve working with biological parents, courts, DCYF, and other involved agencies. (Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASAs, were described in the June 2017 Mission Moment.) Other people can do this; and, yes, of course your back bedroom is chocked full.

Any New Hampshire resident, aged 21 or older can apply to be a licensed foster parent. Singles and/or couples must have the time and energy to give to a child, complete the application and approval process, meet the rules for foster care, attend an orientation and undergo mandatory training in order to become licensed as Foster Parents caring for unrelated children in the foster home.

Foster Parents receive monthly board and care reimbursement when a child is placed in their home. These payments help pay for food, clothing, and other costs associated with caring for a child on a temporary basis. The amount of the monthly payment varies depending on the age of the child and any identified special needs.

So, don’t worry. Somebody else will undoubtedly step up to the challenge of foster care parenting—they’re not busy, they’re not strapped for cash, nor confused, nor tired, nor too old, nor alone.

You shouldn’t have to think about this at all, because somebody else will.

There’s surely somebody else who can do this: Right?

Just don’t think about it…. Okay?

For the Missions Team, Ed Cousineau

[Factual Materials drawn from the NH DHSS website. If you are interested in further information check https://casanh.org/ for more details. CASA Volunteer Karen O’Connell will visit Meriden Congregation Church and discuss the CASA and foster parenting programs this Autumn. Ms. O’Connell can be contacted at 802 885-3510.]

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