Every potential or aspirant parent should undergo such short-term fostering 'trials'! Genius.
Yup. Parenting training programs give you all the essential information,and Short-term fostering allows you to practice the application of the principles/ideas taught in the training. Its the closest taste you can get to parenthood without taking up the permanent responsibility of actual parenthood. You gain actual live experience,so its not just to determine if you're up for the task,it is useful for gaining experience and refining your approach to parenting before you take up the permanent mantle. Not so different from real/legitimate martial arts/self-defense training,eh?
Should I ever gain the desire to adopt one day,this is how I would go about it. Start with fostering,and should I fall in love with some of the children in my care,I can take the next step and try to adopt them. (Granted,this won't always be possible)
Its a much better and safer approach than adopting right away. This way,you get a "trial period" to see if you have true compatibility with certain children under your care before making the permanent decision of adoption.
Ah...thought experiments like these are very interesting,aren't they? Putting all this into action would be a hell of a lot of work,and for something I'm not really interested in pursuing. Still,I feel its a very good idea to spread this idea. If parenthood is truly your calling,you WILL be willing to put up with all the work if you're interested whatsoever in raising your children well. but as for me,CHILD-FREE ALL THE WAY!
Do you like playing with thought experiments yourself too from time to time? even for tasks you would never actually take up in real life.