Becoming a foster parent is a big decision. Opening up your heart and home to children in need of a safe place to call home is undoubtedly challenging, but it is also incredibly rewarding.

Here are our top 5 reasons for becoming a foster parent:

1.You are helping children and families get through the most heartbreaking moments of their lives.

We all need a little bit of help sometimes. Sometimes a family will experience overwhelming challenges and the heartache of being separated. As a foster parent, you can provide a safe, nurturing home for children while their parents focus on developing vital life skills. You can help children feel loved and safe until they are ready to go to their forever home.

2. You are never alone.

When you become a foster parent with Closer to Home, you join an incredible community of support. Our 24/7 on-call support and caring staff are always there for you, no matter how small your question might be. Our closely-connected “family” of foster parents, too, is always there for you to lean on and share your fostering adventures with. You are sure to meet incredible people and lifelong friends on your fostering journey.

3. Sometimes, it’s like travelling the world without ever leaving home.

Children come into foster care from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and situations. We encourage foster parents to help children feel at home. You may learn how to cook pierogis, attend Pow Wows on the weekends, or coach your foster children through dance lessons. Fostering is an incredible way to learn about the world and the amazing cultures, traditions, food, dance, religion, and music within it – without ever leaving the comfort of your home.

4. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

Being responsible for a child is never easy: it is life altering and takes patience, kindness, and a little bit of sacrifice. But it is also one of the most incredible, rewarding experiences – that’s why many of our foster parents have been fostering for 10+ years! Every day, they are inspired by a child’s laughter, a child’s first steps, and a family’s remarkable efforts towards reunification.

5. The need is greater than ever.

There is currently a critical need for foster parents in Calgary and area. In these challenging times, people like you can help a family to discover its potential. You can make a difference in the lives of children. Call 403-2-FOSTER to learn more.