Are you clued up on fostering and everything it involves? Unlikely.
There are lots of myths surrounding fostering, and according to Action for Children, this is having a negative impact on the number of foster carers in the UK. There's currently a shortage of around 9,000!
Fostering vs. adoption
Many also get fostering confused with adoption. When you adopt a child you are taking them on permanently, whereas when you foster a child you are doing so temporarily.
There are different types of fostering you can go into, but most of the time you will be doing it short term for a few weeks or months.
Many people also mistakenly think you need to be in a loving relationship with the opposite sex to foster a child. Did you know that you can be single, gay or married to foster?
All personal circumstances are considered. You don’t have to be married and living together to foster a child these days. The most important factor is that you can provide a stable, loving environment.
Your age also doesn’t make too much of a difference. Providing you are at least 21 years of age, you can apply be a foster carer. Even if you’re over the age of 55, you could still be accepted. All that we look for is that you are energetic enough and well equipped to handle foster children.
Out of all the foster care myths, the most common does tend to be that you need to be in full time employment. Many people don’t actually realise that foster carers are actually paid and you might actually stand more of a chance of getting accepted.
You need to be flexible when you foster children and a full time job doesn’t always allow you to take time off when you need to. However, this isn’t to say you shouldn’t apply if you do work full time - your employment status won’t necessarily affect your application.
Give us a call & we'll answer any questions you might have about fostering.