How did you know that you could handle what they send your way? This is a difficult question that I had to spend sometime thinking about. I do not think anyone knows for sure without a shadow of a doubt that they can handle anything that Child Welfare throws their way. It is not about being a super parent that knows all there is to know, and really, is there such a thing? Parenting whether through fostering and our own children it can be a daily learning experience.
Granted this is totally my opinion but here goes. It is more about being willing to learn as a parent and willing to seek answers along with help when needed. We all have things that we could not handle and there is nothing wrong with that. We are all individuals that have our different strengths and weaknesses.
With every foster child that comes into you home you will learn so much with each experience. As time goes on and you have a couple of placement it does not seem so overwhelming. You are in the drivers seat in how fast or slow that you want to accept foster placements and the types of children you want to work with.
Another major fact in becoming a foster parent for the right reasons is something personal to each person. If you are still unsure that being a foster parent is the right thing for you or you would like more input before making that leap consider becoming involved in foster care in different ways.
Anyone that starts to ask questions and seek out knowledge of foster care before making the decision to become a foster parent is on the right track. Respite care can be a way for parents that are considering becoming foster parents to get their feet wet with foster children.