Preparing to Foster

Common misconceptions surrounding foster care

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, you may think there’s certain criteria you need to meet.

This could be your lifestyle, your marital status or other factors that you’re concerned may prevent you from being considered.

At Beacon Fostering, we are here to debunk some misconceptions if you are contemplating fostering children and young people in Cheshire, Merseyside or Preston.

Marital status

Foster care is open to single people and couples alike, contrary to the belief that you need to be in a relationship to look after children in need.
Single people, therefore, need not worry; Beacon Fostering provides a large support network of foster carers that will help you throughout your journey.

Age limit

The only age requirement for foster parents is that they are aged 21 or over. As long as you are in good physical and mental health, you don’t need to worry about being ‘too old’. In fact, being retired may give you an advantage, as you could have more time to dedicate to the children you are looking after.

Renting a property

Even if you rent your home as opposed to owning it, you can still be considered as a foster carer. This is so long as there is a spare room available to the child in your care, and that you can demonstrate stability regarding your living situation.

Racial and cultural background

Although children are often matched with carers from similar backgrounds, this is not always possible. Where this is the case, research and involvement in the child’s culture – including their faith – is key in retaining their connection with their heritage.

For more information about the work we do here at Beacon Fostering, request a callback today.