Don’t think you have what it takes to foster a child? We’re here to bust a few myths about that!
You may have questions like I’m not the right person because: I’ve never even been a parent. How can I even be a foster parent?
Omni Visions Guides You Through Each Foster Parenting Step
The short answer? You can with Omni’s guidance every step of the way. But the first step is on you: If you’ve opened your heart to fostering a child, there’s no need to get hung up on the singular meaning of “parent.”
How does Omni Visions know this? Because in all of our years of connecting caring adults with children in need we have seen those relationships — however brief or long — become as life-changing as any bound by a traditional definition of “parent.”
What Does It Mean to Foster?
Foster parenting is about helping those you are caring for thrive. It’s that simple. If you have space in your heart and your home for a child, we would love to help you get started on your journey to becoming a parent.
We understand that becoming a foster parent can be a bit intimidating. It’s a precise process guided by thoughtful questions, personal exploration… and more than a little anxiety. Omni Visions will be there to answer your questions, explore expectations, and guide you throughout the process.
Still Having Doubts About Fostering?
“Will I be a good parent?”
“How will I know what to do when my foster child behaves in ways I have no experience with?”
“How do I help a traumatized child heal?”
But here’s the thing: This isn’t a solitary journey. That’s because Omni Visions empowers each potential foster parent with specialized training about trauma-informed care for children, and 24/7 family support.
“Our entire team is focused on doing whatever it takes to ensure foster parents will be successful in their roles as caregivers,” says Omni Visions COO Nichole Young.
Omni’s foster family recruiters, resource coordinators, in-the-field team leaders, therapists, even administrative staff, all play a critical part in helping our foster parents be successful.
The basic requirements for becoming a foster parent are the same for everyone and Omni welcomes inquiries and applications from anyone who can meet them.
At Omni, we understand that family can come in all sorts of configurations. That’s why our foster “parents” can be childless or already raising their own; single, married or partnered; straight or gay; and retired or still working. Our foster parents are a wonderful, diverse group of individuals with one thing in common: They have all been willing to open their homes and lives to children who have been temporarily removed from their biological family due to safety, neglect or other issues.
This is not to say that foster children are necessarily atypical or harder to parent than someone’s own children. Jennifer Rivera, who recruits and trains foster parents in Lexington, Kentucky, is quick to explain why this isn’t true: “All children come with their own challenges and through love, support and understanding all children can succeed.”
Foster parents can help reset the trajectory of a child’s life.
Through the experience of living in a foster home, children and youth can learn what it takes for families to be stable, abuse-free and safe. That experience — that you’ve provided by stepping up — can carry a foster child forward with better tools for finding healthy relationships, creating their own families and passing that sense of security and peace to the next generation.
It takes just one caring adult to make a difference in a child’s life.