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Top 10 fostering myths

Did you know young adults also need foster care? Read more about common fostering myths.

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Fostering myths

1. It's only young children who need fostered

We also need foster carers for young people aged 16 to 21 years old.

We need carers to provide a supportive, family environment to young people as they work towards independence. If you care for a young person age 16 to 21 you're a supported carer.

2. I can't foster if I don't own my own home

Lots of foster carers live in rented accommodation. As long as you can provide a young person with their own bedroom in a safe, secure and happy environment, then you can apply.

3. I can't foster if I'm single

We're interested in your experience and your ability, not your relationship or marital status.

4. I'm too old or too young to foster

You need to be over 21 years old but there are no upper age limits. Many foster carers are over 60 and some younger than 30. Your age is not important.

5. I can't foster if I'm gay

Your sexual orientation is not important.

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

What's important is that you can provide a nurturing, loving and supportive environment.

7. I can't foster if my own children live in the family home

Many foster carers have children living in the family home. Their children often find fostering to be a positive experience.

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

Your work commitments might not need to change, depending on a young person's age and needs. Young people develop and mature at different rates so our assessment will look at your work arrangements alongside the needs of the young person.

9. I don't have the experience to foster

If you like spending time with young people and have energy, patience and a good sense of humour, you could make a real difference. We'll consider anyone who is committed to making a difference to a young person's life.

10. I can't afford to be a foster carer

We'll provide you with 24-hour support, ongoing training and development and access to other foster carers as a support network. You'll also get financial support.

Enquire now to be a foster carer

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Related pages

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The young people who need foster care

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