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Why Some People Don’t Consider Fostering and Why They Should

When you think of fostering, it’s likely you already have quite a few pre-conceived ideas of what it involves. Sadly, fostering has a lot of misconceptions. The way it is sometimes portrayed, prevents many people from applying who would actually make excellent carers. Here we’ll talk about the main reasons some people don’t consider fostering and why in fact, they should.

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They don’t fit the mould

Perhaps the biggest misconception the general public tends to have about fostering is that it has strict application criteria. That is, you have to be young, married, heterosexual and live in a large house. It’s common for people to think they’re too old or they’re the wrong sex to foster.

The truth is, there is no set criteria. Excellent foster carers come from all walks of life. There is no age limit, you don’t have to be married, or indeed be in any type of relationship, in order to foster. All you need is the capability to provide a loving, safe and nurturing environment to a vulnerable child. So many people simply don’t apply because they wrongly assume they won’t meet the application criteria.

Confusing fostering with adopting

Fostering is often confused with adoption, when in fact they are two totally different things. Whilst adoption means brining a child into the home permanently, fostering is a short-term temporary solution. However, each case is different. While the goal is to get the child back into their original homes as soon as possible, this isn’t always possible. Therefore, placements can last anything from a week, to a few months or even several years.

The majority of fostering placements are short-term so as a carer you will be helping numerous vulnerable children.

Work commitments

Some people believe that in order to be a foster carer you cannot be in full time employment. While you will need to make sure you are there for the children in your care, that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to be home 24 hours a day. The majority of workplaces are legally obliged to offer flexible working hours for parents. This means you will usually be able to figure something out with your employer to be able to take a child to school and pick them up when necessary.

You do receive a fostering salary to help care for the child in your care, but you won’t necessarily have to give up full time employment. All kinds of employment situations are considered.

Overall, these are just three things that tend to stop people applying to be foster parents. With so many misconceptions out there regarding the fostering system, a lot of people are left falsely believing they wouldn’t be a good fit. If you’d love to become a foster carer but you’ve previously been put off from applying, contact Pathway Care today. A quick phone call or email will establish whether you’re a good fit.

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