It doesn't matter what state or county you go to, Foster care parents becoming harder to find. Its really no wonder. You never really know what you are going to get and these kids come with all kinds of problems. The chances of getting one without any issues are pretty slim. Of course most people want the "perfect" child. the one without any drug dependency, the one with no behavioral problems, the one who hasn't been a prostitute at age 12. Unfortunately, that is not the kind of kids that come into foster care. Additionally, there is a belief that foster parents do what they do just for the money (trust me, if you are doing it for the money, you can make more and have less aggravation saying "would you like fries with that?") and don't care about the children and in most cases are abusive themselves.
This is simply not that case, but when someone has been trusted to be a foster parent and that trust is shattered, you are sure to hear about it on the nightly news. Rarely do you hear about all the good people out there who are taking in children in need of help. There are many people out there doing great work with some of the most difficult children.
If you are still reading this and are not already involved in foster care, please consider it. Contact your local Child Welfare or Human Services Department and see how you can help. We have only been doing this for one year, but it may be the most rewarding thing I have ever done. So many children end up in group homes because there just aren't enough people out there to foster children.
I think it was Abe Lincoln who said "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child."
Please stand tall and make a call. You are needed!