The UKs leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, have estimated that there are a whopping 8,600 foster families needed throughout the UK in the next 12 months to care for the increasing number of children coming into care.
This picture is mirrored locally with Family Care as we are actively recruiting foster carers across the North West and the Midlands.
We are looking for foster carers from all walks of life to meet the diverse and sometimes complex needs of children in care. Did you know you can be a foster carer regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or religion?
Despite repeatedly banging the ‘anyone with a spare room and spare time can foster’ drum, there are still many myths about fostering which stop people from enquiring for one reason or another.
Here are some common myths that a lot of people think stop them from becoming foster carers.
I can't foster because I have health problems
False! Whilst your health is looked at as part of the assessment, having a health issue does not stop you from being a foster carer. Part of your assessment is a medical check and providing the check declares you ‘fit to foster’, you will be eligible.
I can't foster because I'm unemployed / on a low income
Absolutely not true. This is not going to stop you becoming a foster carer. It is true that foster carers are classed as self-employed, they do however receive a professional allowance ranging between £380 - £550/week for each young person they foster as well as a total fixed tax allowance of £21,500/year.
I'm a single male - can I foster?
Of course you can. Family Care has worked with a number of single male carers who have made a huge difference to the children in their care. What’s more important is what you can offer a young person, not your gender or marital status.
I can't foster because I'm in a same-sex relationhip
Your sexuality does not whatsoever preclude you from being a foster carer. What’s important is that you can safely care for a child who need stability and consistency. Family Care welcomes enquiries from LGBT+ applicants and has approved several same-sex foster carers. We also recently supported the Birmingham Pride event – celebrating equality for all.
To find out more about fostering get in touch today. You could be the difference in a child’s life.
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