CONSIDERING BEING A FOSTER PARENT? HERE’S A LOOK AT THE UPS AND DOWNS

As part of National Foster Care Awareness Month, WVUA 23 is taking a closer look at what it takes to become a foster family for children in need.

WVUA 23’s Lynn Brooks sat down with Bill and Rachel Gosselin of Tuscaloosa, who have four biological children and a foster child.

“We had a bed, and a car, and I believe we had the ability to give a child a home,” said Rachel Gosselin. “That’s the most important. Because no kid should not have a mom.”

But its not a walk in the park, the Gosselins said. Even before they were approved, there’s a long, drawn-out process and 10 weeks of classes that ensures potential foster parents are capable of raising children in a nurturing environment.

“Through the classes we learned a lot about the potential things that might come up and how to address those, and you start to realize it could be a challenge,” Bill Gosselin said. “But at the same time you have support.”

For those still on the fence, the Gosselins said they recommend going ahead and taking the classes the Department of Human Resources offers for potential foster parents.

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