If you’re in training to become a foster parent, or in the midst of the home study process, at some point you’ll be asked to consider what ages you are willing to accept for placements. Many social workers will tell you that older children are more difficult to place, for a variety of reasons, so it’s worth considering whether an older child might be a good fit for your family.

It’s important to remember that every child and situation and family is different. I’ve accepted placements as young as two days old and as old as fourteen. Some older children were a great fit for our family and others were more of a struggle. There are no hard and fast rules, but here are a few questions to ask yourself to help guide your decision.

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