I’ve been giving some thought to the next step in my life. Besides getting a house, what’s left? Get married? Uhh, no. Need to find a girlfriend first. Another dog? Maybe. How about adopting or fostering? Yes, definitely. After I get settled in my home, it’s something I’m going to consider very seriously.
- Can I be a single male foster/adoptive parent?
- What do I need to do?
- How much will it cost? (minus raising the kid part)
- Would I be a good parent?
According to the National Commission on Family Foster Care, sponsored by the Child Welfare League of America and the National Foster Parent Association:
“Family foster care is an essential service for children and parents who must live apart while maintaining legal, and usually, affectionate ties. The value of family foster care is that it can respond to the unique, individual needs of infant, children, youths, and their families through the strength of family living, and through family and community supports.”
The goal of family foster care is to provide opportunities for healing, growth and development leading to healthier infants, children, youths and families, with safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, in its National Adoption Standards, adoption is the means of transferring to a child and adoptive parent all the legal rights that they would have if that child had been born to those parents.
The value of adoption is that it provides children with the basic needs of every child: the legal status, social status, and commitment that comes from having a family of your own in which to grow up.
The goal of adoption is to provide a child with a family that intends to offer a lifetime relationship.
Can you live a “full” life without kids? Can life be complete without getting married? More to come on this topic in the future…I guarantee it.