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Often when deciding whether to foster, there are misconceptions that can cause roadblocks in people’s minds. Mistaken myths about your sexual orientation, medical history, relationship status and more are often reasons why people don’t pursue a career in foster care. That’s why we’ve put together the top 10 fostering myths to ‘myth-bust’ these misconceptions! Being single does not prevent you from being able to foster. Fostering as a single parent may take a little extra energy, as you won’t have the support from a partner, but it’s definitely possible to foster as a single parent. Read more about fostering as...

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The main difference between fostering and adoption is that fostering is usually a temporary measure, whereas adoption is generally a more long-term, permanent solution. As a foster parent, although you are in the role of a parent, the local authority and child’s birth parent have responsibility for the child – however, as adoptive parents, you have full legal parental responsibility. If you’re interested in fostering, there are a set of fostering requirements which you will need to meet in order to proceed in the application process. However, the requirements for adoption differ. To apply to foster, you must: Must be...

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Two of the most common questions regarding starting a career in fostering are ‘is fostering a job’ and ‘can you foster and work?’ Mostly, the answer to these queries is based on the individual circumstances of the carer, for example, if you are fostering as a couple, or fostering as a single parent. However, fostering is considered as a career, so it’s likely that if you were to pursue a career in fostering, working outside the home may not be necessary. Yes – fostering is a job. As a foster carer, your first responsibility is to the child in care,...

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