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Children and families

Fostering myths busted

We bust common fostering myths about who can and cannot foster.

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Myth 1: It's only young children who need fostered

Fact: We also need foster carers for young adults aged 16 to 21 years to help them towards independence. This is called supported care.

Find out more about fostering young adults

Myth 2: I need to own my own home

Fact: Owning your own home is not important. You only need to have a spare bedroom.

Myth 3: I can't foster if I'm single

Fact: We're only interested in your suitability - not your relationship status.

Myth 4: I can't foster if I'm gay

Fact: Yes, you can. Your sexual orientation is not important.

Myth 5: I'm too young or old to foster

Fact: You need to be over 21 to foster but there's no maximum age limit.

Myth 6: I can't foster if don't have my own children

Fact: The most important thing is that you can provide a loving, nurturing environment.

Myth 7: I can't foster if my own children live at home

Fact: Not true. Many of our foster carers having their own children living at home.  Birth children often tell us they find fostering a positive experience.

Myth 8: I can't foster if I have a full-time job

Fact: You might not need to change your work commitments, depending on the young person's age and needs.

Myth 9: I can't afford to foster

Fact: Foster carers receive financial support. It helps to cover everyday expenses for the young person you care for, as well as supporting you to concentrate on being a carer.

Myth 10: The fostering process is long

Fact: Not necessarily. The process typically takes around 3 to 6 months depending on your circumstances.

Myth 11: I can't foster if I have health issues

Fact: Health issues won't automatically stop you from fostering. We look at every case individually. We'll consider potential foster carers with a range of health issues if you're committed to offering a loving home. It's our job to ensure you've considered the impact of your health on your role, including any previous mental health. Please contact us to talk about your circumstances.

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Fostering young adults

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