Being a foster parent is a significant time commitment. It involves many meetings, appointments, and time helping the foster child with their needs and adjusting. It requires a lot of patience and conviction in knowing you are doing a selfless act. Bringing a foster child into your home, changes the dynamics of your family and you need to be prepared to support your birth children as they adjust to this change in family structure. Foster parents need continued support from other foster parents. New challenges will continue to arise and the most beneficial guidance and support is from other foster parents. Fostering is a relatively new concept in the Muslim community and people are still learning appropriate ways to support Muslim foster families. Foster parents play a vital role in educating their communities about foster care.
One of the responsibilities of being a foster parent is to work to ensure the foster youth is well prepared with skills needed to enter adulthood and independent living. This can be quite challenging considering many foster children have not met their age expectations regarding life skills and academics.
Foster parents receive a stipend twice a month depending on the age of the foster child to cover the child’s basic expenses. In addition to this, foster children receive an allowance twice a year to cover clothing. Travel outside of the state with a foster child, requires prior court approval, and travel outside of the country is very restricted.