Many potential foster carers don’t ever get as far as making an enquiry with a fostering agency because of misconceptions. Today we want to encourage you to take the first step on your fostering journey by busting a few of the most common fostering myths.
You can’t foster children if you don’t own your own home
In order to become a foster parent you will need to have room for the child or children being placed in your care. However, you don’t have to own your abode, renters are also welcome. We don’t care if you own your home outright, if you pay a mortgage or if you rent. All you need is a spare bedroom for the child.
You have to be parents if you want to foster children
Another common myth is that you need to be parents to your own children if you want to become a foster carer. This is not true, it doesn’t matter if you have had children or not. What does matter is that you have experience that will aid you in looking after a child.
Only straight married couples can apply to become foster carers
A child will not be denied a safe home because of the relationship status of the carer. You can be married, divorced, single, gay, lesbian or straight. Your sexual orientation and relationship status will not stand in your way. The most important thing is that you are able to provide a child or children with a warm and safe home.
You can’t keep working if you join a fostering agency
Never let your job stop you from finding out more about fostering. There are situations when you may need to give up your job, but this isn’t always the case. You may need to speak to your employer about changing your hours or work around school hours or share time with your partner. We can discuss all of this with you so you’re able to choose the right options for you and your family.
No one cares about Foster Carers
We never ignore the needs of our foster carers. We are here to support you so you’re able to support the child or children that are relying on you. You will not be alone through your fostering journey.
Fostering enriches the lives of everyone involved. There is no harm in giving us a call and finding out more about becoming a foster carer. Call our friendly office today or send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.