My husband and I have been looking at foster parenting in our province, but I am a little concerned about one of the requirements.
Who are Foster Parents?
Foster parents are people like you; they come from all walks of life and all parts of society. You must care about children and want to work with others to meet children's needs. All members of your family must share your interest in fostering. You must be:
* at least 18 years old
* free of any major illness or trauma during the past year
* emotionally, physically and financially stable
I have always struggled from depression and anxiety, but I consider myself now to be fairly stable. However, I still sometimes get panic attacks. Compared to what I was I feel very stable. Before I could barely leave the house if I even had the energy to, and my depression pretty much sapped all that energy anyways.
However, I now can hold down a full-time job, go to school and maintain an excellent GPA, the works. I still fit all the criteria for depression (dysthymia) and anxiety, but unless some kind of miracle happens I will probably always have those issues. I am sure my doctor would clear me, but how would a social worker view this? What really defines "emotional stability"? I mean, I have known people who had no mental health issues but didn't have very good coping skills, which I would think would be more of an issue.