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Can you be a foster parent if you're single?

Our warm welcome is extended to single foster parents, as well as couples. In fact, a third of all our foster parents are single so you won’t be alone.

Being a single foster parent can be a benefit for a foster child or young person who may suit a household where they have one to one attention.

If you're looking to foster as a single foster parent and have a spare bedroom, it’s worth considering your support network – the friends and family you can call upon at times of need. We are always here to support you, but it’s also important to have people that you can turn to for a chat when you need it, or someone that you can call upon to run to the shop for you if you are dealing with a particular issue with a child in your care.

Single male foster parents

A growing number of our single foster parents are male, which is something we are delighted to see. In 2000, when we started Fostering People, single foster parents where almost always women. Today, our foster dads play a valuable role for young people, and having positive male role models is very important for foster children.

Work and fostering

It’s important to consider how you will manage financially as a single foster parent, in between foster placements, if you don’t have another income in the family.

As a foster parent, you are paid an allowance every week that a child is in your care, but you won’t receive a payment in between placements.

Allowances

Many people believe they can't become foster parents because of their circumstances. 

We address some of the common myths below.

LGBT Fostering

We have been recruiting lesbian and gay foster parents for many years and have a growing number of wonderful foster families who are caring for children of all ages.

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Disability and fostering

We consider people of all abilities to be foster parents and provide a positive, welcome environment to everyone we work with. 

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Age and fostering

To become a foster parent, there is a legal requirement for you to be over the age of 21, but you are never too old to foster.

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Why foster

Children need foster families for different reasons.

Every child is an individual and will have had different experiences, but all of them will have experienced loss as a result of leaving their family home and are highly likely to miss their birth family.

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Take your first step to becoming a foster parent today

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more, then we’d love to hear from you.

Simply fill in the form below and one of our friendly team will be in touch.



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