This week we are smashing some common myths and pre-conceptions around fostering as part of a two-week regional campaign #Fosterforyourcouncil.
“Can single people foster?” Single men and women are welcomed and encouraged to become foster carers. If you have patience, a caring heart, a sense of humour, good health, and plenty of energy, you have what it takes to foster. As a foster carer, you are part of a larger team. You never foster alone; there is a strong team working with you. https://youtu.be/IRmFUYEZywM
“Am I too old to foster?” There is no upper age limit for fostering. If you are over 21, in good health, and have good energy levels, you can foster. Age brings maturity, mellowness, and wisdom. These are very positive attributes in fostering, as well as in life in general. http://orlo.uk/cCp57
“I have a dog, can I foster?” Having pets does not prevent you from fostering, in fact, they can be an asset to a foster family. Every animal is different, and your pets will be assessed as part of the process of becoming a foster carer, taking into account factors such as their temperament and behaviour. http://orlo.uk/plkpd
“I live in rented accommodation, can I foster?” You can foster whether you are a homeowner or tenant, living in a house or a flat, as long as you have a spare bedroom for the sole use of a foster child. If you are renting accommodation, you will simply need to have a secure lease, be planning to stay in the property for the foreseeable future and your landlord will need to approve of you fostering.
“Can a same sex couple foster?” Applications to foster are welcomed from those who are straight, gay and bisexual, whether they are single or are living with a partner. It is important that there is a wide range of foster carers available at any given time, with different experiences and skill sets, so that the right match can be made.
“Can I foster if I work?” It is possible to work alongside fostering. Lots of our foster carers do work but you will need to be available to care for a child when they are not at school. You will also need time to attend meetings and training. If you foster as a couple, sometimes one person will work, while the other is the primary foster carer. https://youtu.be/TuqYy8JNzOE