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You could foster if…. Busting those myths on being a foster carer

11 Sep 2023

The number of children in foster care in the UK continues to rise, but despite this growing need, there remains a shortage of foster carers.

The role of a foster carer is often perceived as being exceptionally demanding and that it requires a specific type of person. However, the truth is that fostering knows no boundaries in terms of who can provide a loving and stable home for a young person. In reality, anyone with a heart full of compassion and who wants to make a difference can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of these young lives.

Norfolk charity caring for foster children through gentle embrace

Did you know, you could foster if:

  • You’re single, married, divorced, from the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome and celebrate people from all walks of life, and you'll join our fostering community with carers from a variety of different backgrounds. What matters is that you can give children who have already been through so much the unwavering care they need.
  • You own your own home, you’re renting, you’re in council accommodation, you live in a small flat or a huge mansion! What matters is that a child can have their own bedroom and you can provide a safe, happy and loving home.
  • You’re 25 or 65! Whilst you need to be at least 25 years old to foster with Break, there is no upper age limit. What matters is that you can match the child’s energy and can provide a loving and safe home.
  • You’ve had no experience with children. You don’t need to have worked with children before or be a parent - we provide all the training and support you need to make sure you’re fully confident and comfortable.
  • If you’re unemployed. Training and then caring for a child full-time will fill your days, and as a professional, vital role, foster carers are paid.
  • You’ve got your own children. What great experience for fostering! We will look carefully at the needs of the child and your family during the process. We’ll make sure that it’s right for the whole family and we’ll support your children to help them navigate their new role as fostering siblings.
  • You’ve faced your own difficult life challenges. We know that adverse life experiences can lead to greater resilience and an understanding of others. Some of the best foster carers have used their own difficult experiences to motivate them and help their foster child flourish. You can have an informal, confidential chat with one of the team for their thoughts.
  • You have a disability. We will treat you fairly and discuss your individual needs with you. What matters is that you can provide a child with all the consistent care they need.
  • You are on a low income. You don’t have to be wealthy to foster. You will need to be financially stable to give the child the consistency they need, and don’t forget, foster carers are paid to help with the additional expenses.
  • You work. There are different types of fostering that mean you can still work and help care for a child, such as being a Support Foster Carer, where you provide short breaks for a child. This give their carers some much needed time for themselves and helps the young person to learn new and different relationships.

So if you fit any of the above criteria and would like to know more about being a foster carer, our fostering team is always on hand to talk about what it’s like to foster.   

We love speaking to people from all backgrounds so if you think you could open your heart and home to a young person, contact us for more information.

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