Before becoming a foster parent, writes foster dad Patrick Watt, it’s important that you take a long, hard look at yourself. Do you have the skills you’ll need to support and care for kids who are going through incredibly rough times? Though you don’t have to be perfect, you shouldn’t go into foster parenting thinking it’s something just anyone can do.
From patience to energy, there are seven skills that Wall has identified that every successful foster parent needs to possess in order to really make a positive difference in the life of a child. If you lack any of these skills, he writes, you should take the time to learn them before plunging in.