Every child needs a minimum of one caring adult to offer them support, guidance and love. Secret Harbor identifies and licenses adults who will open their heart and their home to one or more foster kids who need a nurturing, temporary home.
If you cannot care for children full-time or want to get a feel for what being a foster parent might be like, perhaps you might consider being a respite provider for foster kids. Respite care providers are licensed just like full-time foster parents but only provide care a few days a month.
You don’t have to be perfect to be a foster parent. You have to love children and be willing to learn about the trauma the youth in our care have endured. And foster parents and respite providers can be people from all walks of life:
- A single adult
- A working couple
- A retired senior
- A stay-at-home mom or dad
How do kids end up in foster care?
The young people at Secret Harbor come from very troubled families right here in our communities – families that often lack natural family and community support. The families may be dealing with complex issues that include substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health issues, serious illness, abject poverty or family disruption due to divorce or incarceration. The youth have experienced serious neglect or emotional, sexual and or physical abuse, often for long periods of time.
The foster care system, although necessary, is also overwhelmed. Foster care may become a series of temporary homes over an extended period of time while a permanent solution is sought. Each time the child is moved, they have to get used to new home – a new family – a new school and a new teacher – new friends. Relocations may happen repeatedly over a short periods of time. Children who’ve been in out-of-home care for any length of time experience repeated trauma and they often feel devalued.
These children simply seek support, stability and the chance to heal and grow. Plant the seeds of change and become a foster parent today!
Check out these real foster parents stories: