Humanity, Balance, Honesty, Inclusion, Teamwork

Become a Foster Care Parent

Fostering can be the most rewarding and most challenging work that you ever do.  

 

It is important to have the support of your family (living inside and outside of your home) and to discuss the changes that could happen when a child or youth experiencing trauma, grief and loss, and with whom you have no history, moves into your home. 

 

The journey to becoming a foster parent often involves many of the same steps you would take to become an adoptive parent. There are many things to consider prior to making the decision, so it’s good to take your time and make sure this is the right fit for your family.

 

Successful foster parents…

 

  • Are patient, committed, and caring

  • Like to teach, mentor, and learn

  • Are flexible

  • Ask for help and support when it’s needed

  • Enjoy seeing children grow, and thrive, and achieve

  • Communicate well

  • Provide a consistent and structured home

  • Want to meet the needs of the child, not their own personal needs

  • Love a challenge and have a sense of humor

 

We welcome and support all families.  We need families of all races, cultures, and ethnicities to help children and youth grow with a strong sense of identity. Applicants are considered regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation/identity.

My Life as a Foster Parent

 

"My husband Dennis and I began fostering in 1990. We have 3 children, now grown, who took this journey with us.


We felt led to be examples and to make a positive place for hurting children.  We fostered 80 plus kids in 24 years. Every child that we fostered has, in some way, changed us and blessed us. We keep in contact with many of them and still have them over to our home still for wonderful visits. 


We worked with three counties in Colorado:  Montrose, Moffat and Mesa. Every time the phone rang, and we got a new placement, it was a new and different challenge. We never hesitated, however.


We felt tremendous support from the foster care staff.  They often had the difficult job of being the first contact, usually with law enforcement, for the children.  After the paperwork was finished and the journey in our home for the kids would begin, I always felt like I was just a phone call away from help and support. 


Of course along the way there were days it seemed the task was just too big or the child’s hurt was too deep. However, in most cases the smiles and the hugs came. There were lots of firsts for many of the kids that stayed with us: visits to Santa Clause, visits from the tooth fairy and Sunday school class. 


Our time of 24 years watching kids go home or to Forever Families has changed us forever also! I always felt case workers had the harder job.  My job was forming relationships with kids and their parents or other family members.


 Our kids and now grandkids were affected in both positive and negative ways, depending on the issues of a child that was placed with us. The hardest part for my own children was sometimes watching their mom (me) be so disrespected. Some damage was done to our home. Our family always made it a point to eat dinner together family style so we would come together and talk and engage with each other.


 I get asked all the time how did you do this? I am not a good teacher.  I was just a good do-er of whatever it took in that moment for that child. Every one of them was special in their own way."

 

- Suzann C., Mesa County Foster Parent

 

If you are wondering if foster parenting is right for you or your family, the best way to find out is to visit with a member of the Foster Care Team. We also invite you attend an orientation or information session.

 

Please click here to connect or call 970-248-2794.

Mesa County Dept. of Human Services

510 29 1/2 Road  Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001

 

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