Fostering myths

We bust common fostering myths about who can and can't foster.

Child to be fostered

It's only young children who need fostered

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

I need to own my own home

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

I can't foster if I'm single

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

I can't foster if I'm gay

Yes, you can. Your sexual orientation isn't important.

I'm too young or old to foster

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

I can't foster if don't have my own children

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

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

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.

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

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

I can't afford to foster

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.

The fostering process is long

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

I can't foster if I have health issues

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.

Last modified on 2 June 2021