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How to Write a Character Letter for Foster Care

Updated February 21, 2017

A good foster parent can truly change the lives of disadvantaged children or children with difficult histories. Applying to be a foster parent is a rigorous application process in which the applicant needs to supply several letters of reference written by people who can attest to his character. If the applicant has asked you to write such a letter on his behalf, you should make a strong case emphasising his responsibility and worthiness for this position.

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  1. Write your home address in three or four lines at the top of the letter in the left-hand corner. Skip a line and type the date, also along the left-hand side. Skip another line.

  2. Type "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom it May Concern" or "Dear" plus the name of the person you are addressing, if of course, you have their name.

  3. Skip a line. Identify yourself and state your relationship to the applicant. State how long you've known this person and in what context.

  4. Skip a line. State why you think the applicant is trustworthy and give clear, specific reasons. Skip another line and state why the applicant is responsible person and how you know, giving clear examples.

  5. Skip another line. Explain why you think the applicant would make a good parent. Give detailed examples.

  6. Close your letter with an anecdote that reflects the applicant's character in a positive way. Include your contact information.

  7. Skip a line, write "Sincerely," and skip another four lines and type your name. Orient this closing to the right or left.

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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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