Fostering: fact or fiction?
A lot of assumptions are made about what sort of people make great foster carers – not all of them hold water.
Here are just a few…
- Carers need to have a partner:
- Gender and sexual orientation matter:
- Carers need to be comfortably off:
- You must own your own home:
- Carers can’t be disabled:
- Carers can’t work as well as foster:
- Foster carers need to have had children of their own or need to have older/ independent children:
- To be a carer for Reading you must live in Reading:
Fiction – You can live within 20 miles of the Reading boundary.
- You can’t have pets if you want to foster:
Fiction – Having pets can be an asset. However, any pets will need to assessed as part of the fostering process.
- There are age barriers to fostering:
Fact – you need to be 21+.
Foster carers are like the children they foster – from all walks of life. So if you think you could foster, get in contact. It may just be the best thing you will ever do.