Top 5 Reasons to Become a Respite Foster Parent
Last updated: June 3, 2021, at 6:47 a.m. PT
Originally published: November 12, 2018, at 10:34 a.m. PT
Foster parents can look different depending on what type of parenting you want to do. For many people, becoming a respite foster parent is the right fit. Respite foster parents offer a break to full-time foster parents or a short-term placement for kids who need care for just a short time. Placements generally last just 1-2 days.
There's a lot to love about being a respite foster parents, here are just a few of our favorites!
Fostering that fits your schedule. Respite foster parents are part-time parents who have more flexibility in their fostering schedule.
Show kids in foster care your favorite things! Often, respite foster parents have kids in foster care on weekends so they have the opportunity to share favorite tourist spots, bike paths, museums, and movies! Plus, many museums and kids events have special rates for foster families.
Give kids and full-time foster parents a break. When you become a respite foster parent, you are helping foster parents get a much-needed break and kids get individual attention.
Respite foster parents have the opportunity make a huge impact in the lives of kids and families that need it in a way that doesn't take over the foster parents' whole life. It is a big small thing.
Respite is a great starting place for families who are new to parenting or just new to fostering. It gives you time to decide if full-time fostering is a good fit for your family, while still allowing you to support youth in care.