Eligibility for foster parent
By definition, a foster parent is an adult person who is not the biological parent or next of kin of a child but willing and capable to undertake care, welfare and maintenance of the child. Thus, it is a person or people who officially take a child into their family for a period of time, without becoming the child’s legal parents; while providing for the care, accommodation and upbringing of the child, with or without financial reward.
A prospective foster parent must always keep the best interest of the fostered child in mind. This includes understanding that children need to be, and feel safe, in order to develop nurturing attachments. The foster parent must maintain and promote the child’s self-esteem and cultural identity, while establishing a connectedness that will form an essential part of the child’s lifetime relationships
The foster parent must be mindful of the fact that they are providing an essential parental care service, which does not aim to estrange children from families. They form part of a national team, through a localised network that seeks to preserve family connections and offer much needed support to the families and vulnerable children.