Benefits of Becoming A Resource Parent
Resource Parent | When you think about becoming a resource parent, you probably think first about the positive impact it will have on the foster children in need of a place to live and a family to care for them. And that’s great! Being selfless is a highly admirable trait, and the world would be a better place with more people willing to think of others first.
With that said, there is plenty for you to gain personally as a resource parent. Let’s look at what you might take away from this life-changing experience with foster care.
Greater Compassion for Others
By seeing what life can be like for a child who does not have a supportive family environment, you may find that you start to feel more compassion for other people in a variety of situations. Everyone has a unique life story, and some people have more opportunities and support in life than others. Experiencing this first hand as a resource parent will likely lead to you looking at the world in a whole new way.
Appreciating Your Opportunities
It’s easy to see what you don’t have in life, rather than being thankful for what you do have – and serving the community as a resource parent may help you keep things in perspective. Many foster children severely lack for opportunities, so giving new opportunities to a young person can help you see all that you have at your fingertips.
This one is probably the most obvious of the three we have listed. Building great relationships is one of the pleasures of life and serving as a resource parent will help you to build meaningful connections with the children you care for, in addition to others you meet along the way.
Children First FFA is a private, non-profit organization in Northern California that is dedicated to helping change lives by providing a safe place for children to heal in a culture of love, acceptance, and consistency.