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5 Tips to Balancing a Career and Being a Foster Parent

Your main responsibility as a foster parent is to provide a loving and caring environment for a foster child. However, you will always have other responsibilities and commitments that you need to manage. This could include career commitments and responsibilities as a professional. 

It is possible to work in a full-time role and thrive in your career while also being a foster parent. You just need to make sure that your work does not impact the role that you must play in a child’s life. 

With that in mind, here are some of the key tips to balance being a foster parent with your career. 

1. Speak To Your Employer 

First, you should consider speaking to your employer before you become a foster parent. Let them know your intentions and how you believe it will impact your role in the company. They may be understanding of your needs or it could be the first sign that you need to explore other options. 

2. Consider A Different Role Or Career 

It’s possible that your current career or role takes up a lot of your time and eats into your personal life already. If that’s the case, then you may need to consider a career change or a role change before you become a foster parent. You could think about exploring a career that allows you to work from home or be more flexible. Alternatively, you might want to think about working part-time in your current career. Some foster parents reduce their workload by as much as 80%. 

3. Stay Productive

To be a great foster parent, you need to provide a child with real, quality time. This will always be part of the support and training you are provided with before becoming a working foster parent. The best way to do this is by making sure that your attention is not elsewhere. That’s why it’s important to remain productive when you are working. If you focus on achieving a high standard of productivity, your work hours won’t stretch overtime and you’ll be able to give a foster child the full attention they deserve. 

4. Plan Your Schedule 

Planning your schedule effectively will also help you dedicate the right amount of time as a foster parent. Don’t forget, as well as looking after the child you will also need to attend training sessions, make appointments and appear at meetings. This all needs to be fitted into your work schedule. 

5. Save Time 

Finally, you should consider ways that you can save time on other tasks. There are lots of ways to do this. For instance, many foster parents find online shopping incredibly useful for saving both time and money as well as relieving some of the stress. 
As you can see, working while fostering a child is an option. If you need more information or are interested in becoming a working fostering parent, please do not hesitate to contact our foster care agency today. We will be happy to help you get started or offer additional advice.