My husband and I have kind of considered becoming foster parents for a few years, but since a lot of things were still kind of "up in the air" we decided to wait until our lives were more stable. We're becoming more serious about it now and have been discussing it quite a bit. I just wanted to get a few opinions and thoughts from people who are foster parents.
My first concern is - how difficult is it when a child who is placed with you has to leave your home? I'm scared of knowing how to cope if I've had a child with me for years and they went back with their natural family. Of course I know that it would be best, but I'm assuming that it could sometimes be unbearable. When you know upfront that you won't have the child with you forever, does it help? Also, how often are you able to adopt the children placed with you?
My other concerns are in becoming licensed. My husband and I are currently rebuilding our credit score. He had a period of unemployment and we did get behind on a lot of bills. I'm assuming that it could be an issue, but I don't know how strict it is. We also do not own the house we're living in. We rent it - although it is very large. We have 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. I only have 3 children - so we have plenty of extra room.