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Common Myths About Foster Care Debunked

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Fostering a child is one of the most life-changing actions a person can take, as they can transform a young person’s life both immediately and in the long term.

Thousands of foster parents and families of all types, locations and backgrounds have undergone foster care training and are helping children right now, and whilst each of their stories is unique, they all share an inherent kindness and desire to help.

However, as with many aspects of social care and life in general, there is a certain impression of the fostering experience that is far from universal, and with that in mind, here are some common myths that must be corrected.

 

You Do Not Need To Be Parents Already

There is a belief, in part caused by the common expression “foster parents” that you need to have cared for your own children before you can be a foster parent, which is not the case.

Many foster parents do not have children of their own and have not been held back in any way.

 

Fostering Is Not Necessarily Full Time

When people talk about foster care, the first thought that comes to mind is long-term, full-time foster parenting, but that is not the only way to make an impact on a child’s life.

Respite care is an important part of fostering, where parents and foster parents who need a bit of time to go to meetings or go shopping can do so, similar to how respite works in the social care system, and this can have a tremendously positive effect on a child’s life too.

 

Children Enter The Foster System For So Many Reasons

There is no single archetype for children that enter the foster care system, and they are of all ages, come from every type of background imaginable and each has unique needs.

From newborn children to older teenagers who need support when reaching that next step in life, foster children are each unique and very special.