Just like biological parents, most foster parents work outside the home. If you’re trying to figure out how to foster a child while you pursue your career, take a look at these suggestions that may help.
Assess Your Workplace Culture
It probably doesn’t come as any surprise that some companies are more family-friendly than others. Think about all your options to come up with the decision that is right for you and your family. You may find a way to make your current position work or you may find that it makes more sense to move into a different work environment that’s more compatible with your goals.
Talk to Your Employer in Advance
Depending on your relationship, let your boss know that you want to become a foster parent and how that could affect your work life. If they’re supportive, you may be able to start discussing the feasibility of working flexible hours, working from home, and other arrangements. It’s also important to read your employee manual carefully to understand the relevant benefits and policies, and ask your HR department about any questions you may have.
Connect With Other Parents
You’re not the first working parent. Ask other families how they deal with situations like childcare, sick days, doctor appointments, and other issues. Keep in mind that you will probably have some circumstances that biological parents may be unfamiliar with. For example, you’ll need to make time for a variety of home visits and meetings.
Access Available Services
At the same time, your agency may be able to assist you with transportation, day care and other needs. Find out what services are available to make fostering the best experience possible for you and your foster child.
At 2INgage, we oversee care and services for children in the foster care system. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more adopting or fostering a child.