Adoption Counseling as a Foster Parent

As I’m writing this post, I have fostered 21 animals (19 dogs and 2 cats). Although, I foster failed on my 3 personal dogs (Bambi, Haylee, and Nadia), I was able to get homes for the rest. To my knowledge, they have been successful. I actually keep in touch with a handful of them via text or on social media, which I love!

I truly believe that adoptions are more likely to be successful if proper adoption counseling is done in advance. I’m sharing the process I go through as a foster mom and based on my experiences adopting out my foster animals. I hope it helps! (Not a foster parent yet? There’s a section for you at the bottom of the post if you are interested in fostering!)

The Screening Process

Most rescue groups will do the initial screening of the adopters. They will call the applicant’s references, the vet, and reach out to the applicant for an initial interview. Generally, once they are approved the foster parent arranges a meet and greet. This would likely be different if you foster for a group that does regular adoption events or has a facility.

When I am sent an approved adopter, I reach out to them via phone call. I explain the information I know about my foster based on my time with them. Typically this includes the history, their personality, and what they would likely need in a home. Then I have the adopter ask me questions if they have any. From there, if they are still interested, we arrange a meet and greet.

Be Honest

One of the most important things you can do as a foster parent is be honest about your foster’s history, personality, and possible quirks. This is one of the best ways to set your foster and their family up for success. I know that you likely want to highlight the great aspects, so they can find a home. You can share all the great stuff, but you also need to be honest. For example, if you have a foster with a bite history, you know they do not like other animals, or they have potty training issues, then you need to express that.

Foster Parents Needed!

Fosters are always in demand for rescues and shelters. If you are able to foster or want to give it a try, please do! It is such a rewarding experience and you literally are saving lives in doing so. Please reach out to me if you are interested in fostering and I will help you find a rescue.

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