Before you decide to become a caregiver for a child you know, there are some questions you need to ask yourself:
- What is my relationship with the child’s parents?
- Will I have family support?
- Am I prepared to work with the child’s parents — and possibly their extended family?
- How will this affect my relationship with the child’s parents and the extended family?
- Will I be able to set limits with the child’s parents?
- How will this impact my own children and spouse?
- Do I understand the circumstances surrounding this child going to foster care?
- How do I feel about those circumstances?
- Will I be able to let this child go back home when the time comes?
- How do I feel about adopting this child, if necessary?
- Will I need financial assistance?
- What are the child’s medical, dental, and emotional health needs?
- Do I know how will I access services to help the child meet these needs?
Considering your answers to these questions, your situation, and your feelings will help you know if you are the right person to meet the needs of the child.