Although being a foster parent is rewarding, it can also be difficult. It is important for foster parents to find support among others who understand the ups and downs of caring for children who are not your own.
Those that attend the support group usually share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.
Many foster care agencies sponsor their own support group for their licensed foster families. This doesn't mean that foster parents can't take their own initiative and start their own informal support group with other foster parents.
If you are not a foster parent, but want to help, sometimes attending a foster care support group can give you insight into what your local foster parents are struggling with, and possibly offer them some assistance.