Not many people understand the ins and outs of fostering, and this is likely a result of the dynamic nature of fostering. No two children are the same, so no two foster placements will ever be the same. And just like no two children are the same, parents will also differ in their parenting style. There are so many misconceptions about fostering which means that some people will be put off enquiring for fear of being rejected. Here are the some popular misconceptions about fostering…

 

You can’t foster if you have your own children at home

This one is the quite damaging, because people who foster when they have their own children at home are doing a wonderful and selfless thing. Having your own children at home means that you can provide a stable and loving environment that will feel comforting to a foster child. Your experience as a parent also makes you the ideal foster carer, and many people fail to take this experience into consideration. The only stipulation will be that your foster placement shouldn’t be older than your oldest child.

 

It’s wrong to get paid for fostering

Some people feel uneasy about asking about the money because they worry that people will question their motives for becoming a foster parent. The pay is sufficient, but nobody's getting rich from fostering. The fostering allowance is designed to make it possible for a foster carer to provide a child with everything they need to have a normal upbringing, including Christmas and Birthday gifts. If the child was being taken care of in a state-run children’s home, the cost would be far greater.

 

You can’t foster because...

 

Many people avoid getting in touch with their local authority or a private fostering agency because they believe their circumstances would make it impossible to be a foster carer. Some worry that they are too young, too old, are unemployed, don’t own their own home or are a same sex couple. The only requirement for becoming a foster carer is that you are young and healthy enough to care for a child, you have a spare bedroom for the child and you are willing and able to learn about how to be a good foster carer.