Advice for Prospective Single Foster Parents

Amy Woods is a 38-year-old single foster parent living in Los Angeles County. She’s learned a lot about how to make it work on one income in an expensive city while working as a teacher and navigating the ever-changing landscape that is the foster care system. Her words of advice:

  1. Know where your nearest Target is because you’re going to need it for everything. And you’re going to find yourself shopping for things at Target that you never thought you would before – same with Amazon Prime. Because if you have a sleeping baby in the car, you don’t want to get out of the car to get diapers; you’re hoping they can be delivered.
  1. Take any expectations that you have and put them aside. The best thing you can do is be open for that child in every way possible: emotionally, physically, spiritually.
  1. Just keep breathing and give yourself grace – give yourself a lot of grace because none of us are perfect parents and we do the best we can.

Justin Pye is an L.A.-based producer, former NBC News associate and graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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