Most people don't think they have what it takes to be a foster parent. Then again, maybe most people don't want to believe they have what it takes to be a foster parent. I definitely never thought I would ever be a foster mom, but I was and I can tell you it was the single most transformative thing I've ever done. One day, I hope I'll be in a position to do it again. But until then, I'm here to say there are a whole bunch of reasons you'd actually make a damn good foster parent. Yes, you.
We all know the stereotypical foster parent scenario: too many kids packed into not enough space, a dirty house with too little food, while the kids abused and neglected as the foster parents pick up a check from social services. I'm not saying that doesn't happen, because it does, and those stories need and should be told. But I am saying that if normal, caring, kind families open their homes to foster care, that stereotype begins to fade.
I was somewhat of an accidental foster parent. My husband and I took in rescue foster babies shortly after we adopted our daughter. Our agency needed homes and ours was full of baby stuff ready to be shared. I was staying home with our daughter at the time, and I figured I could handle more than one baby in the house. And you know what? I could, and I did. So if you're contemplating becoming a foster parent, but you're a little hesitant, here are a few signs that, yes, you could totally handle it: