Fostering is a wonderful way to provide a safe and loving home for children in need. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions that prevent people from considering this rewarding opportunity. In this post, we’ll debunk five common fostering myths and provide you with the facts you need to know.
“You’re Too Old to Foster”
Many people believe that they’re too old to foster. This is a common misconception, but it’s simply not true. Age is not a barrier to becoming a foster parent. In fact, many older adults have the time, experience, and patience needed to be excellent foster parents. As long as you’re over 21, you’re in good health and able to meet the needs of the children in your care, age is not a factor.
“You Must Be in a Relationship to Foster”
Another common myth is that you must be in a relationship to foster, which isn’t correct. Single people, married couples, and same-sex couples can all become foster parents. What’s most important is that you have a stable home environment and the ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children in your care.
Whether you are fostering on your own or with a partner, we ensure that you have the support systems you need, both from Changing Futures and a personal perspective, so you can feel confident and taken care of in your fostering journey.
“You Get Little to No Help Being a Foster Parent”
Many people believe that foster parents receive little to no help or support, and foster parents are left on their own once they have a placement. Changing Futures offer a wide range of support services to help foster parents meet the needs of the children in their care.
Financially, we offer £390-£460 a week depending on children’s ages, plus birthday payments and short break care. We provide this support so you can support children without worrying about money.
We also offer practical support, which includes consistent training, financial assistance, access to your own social worker, and respite care. Foster parents are not alone in their journey, and there is always someone available to provide support and guidance when needed.
“You Are Not Allowed to Foster If You Have Pets”
Some people believe that they cannot foster if they have pets. This is not true at all! Many foster children benefit from having a pet in the home, as it can provide comfort and companionship. Of course, it’s important to ensure that pets are well-behaved and safe around children, but having pets does not disqualify you from becoming a foster parent.
“You Can’t Foster if you are LGBT+”
There are no restrictions based on sexual orientation or gender identity when it comes to becoming a foster parent. In fact, there are many LGBTQ+ individuals and couples who provide safe and loving homes for children in need. What’s most important is that you have the ability to provide a stable and nurturing environment for the children in your care. We are absolutely committed to welcoming all types of people as forest parents, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, career or your background in general.
In conclusion, fostering is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of children in need. Don’t let myths and misconceptions prevent you from considering this rewarding opportunity.