Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Become a Foster Parent

If you are reading this, you have an interest in children, especially those who need a home, a safe haven from the problems they face in their lives. I call these havens "foster homes".

We all want to do our part to help the children of South Dakota live happy, safe and productive lives. They are our future. Some of us work with children, some of us provide monetary gifts to agencies who work with children, some of us pray every night for children and some make the commitment to care for these children in their homes.

Being a foster parent is a big commitment. Providing foster care can be very challenging at times. You need to be a nurse, a taxi driver, a counselor, a behavior management specialist, a team member and a parent. You need to have strong shoulders to hold up, yet allow many things to slide off. Foster care also can be very rewarding such as the first hug from a child who has been withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, the first steps from a child with physical challenges and the knowledge that you have been able to positively touch a child's life.

Steve and Charlotte, LSS foster parents, said it best, "One boy was so scared of everything. He couldn't sleep with the window open because he was scared someone was going to come in and get him. If we can help kids like this particular boy lose some of that fear, it is all worth it."

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for whatever way you choose to help children. We all have a calling in life. If you feel that foster parenting may be yours, please contact LSS for more information.