I'm never sure how to respond to this.
Here are some possibilities I've considered:
- "Yeah, you'd actually care about the child. That's too hard. Foster care is best left to those who are only intersted in the stipends."
- "It helps if you have a heart-ectomy before you start. Wanna see my scar?"
- "Oh, I agree. It takes a special person and you just don't seem to have that special specialness it takes to be special."
In 2008 there were an estimated 463,000 children in foster care. Over half of them were in foster homes like mine. Only a quarter of them were in placements with relatives. That's only 3/4 of the kids. Want to take a moment to guess where the other kids go? The next largest chunk (about 10%) will be in "institutions." This can mean an orphanage type setting, like Boys' Town and Girls' Town, or more sadly, in a semi-permanent placement at a temporary facility. Then there are neighborhood group homes and supervised independent living arrangements. About 9,000 of those kids ran away and lived on city streets somewhere. Ever wonder about some of those young, homeless kids you've seen?
|A little more handsome than the run of the mill,|
but you can see my point.
I don't know the answer. You tell me. What would it take to get YOU to consider fostering?