Do you want to be a foster parent, but you’re not sure if you can do it because you have a chronic disease? Many people have managed this challenge successfully. Here are a few suggestions for overcoming medical obstacles and maybe even using them to your advantage.
After all, you’re not alone. About 6 in 10 U.S. adults have at least one chronic condition and the rates are increasing worldwide. With proper planning and support, you may be able to succeed as a foster parent.
Talk With Your Doctor
Let your healthcare team know about any major events in your life so they can provide the best care possible for you. That would include bringing a child into your home. Your physician can help you to figure out what activities are suitable for you and any additional steps you may need to take.
Seek Respite Care
Respite care is important for any foster parent, and even more so when you’re dealing with health issues like diabetes or arthritis. Build regular breaks into your schedule instead of waiting until you feel fatigued or stressed. Be sure to practice healthy lifestyle habits too so you can stay strong and minimize your symptoms. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and make sleep a top priority.
Share Your Struggles
You and your foster child may benefit from talking about your condition. You can provide a helpful role model for how to cope with adversity as your foster child tries to deal with the transitions in their own life. Asking your foster child to assist you in age-appropriate ways can also help them to develop compassion and draw you closer together as a family.
Find More Advice for Foster Parents Living With Chronic Disease
If you want to help serve Texas children and families in foster care, contact us at 2INgage. We invite you to join us in staying informed, inspired, and engaged.