Why should I foster?
Fostering a child is one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences you can have. You know that you are giving vulnerable children and young people the opportunity to have a loving home, something they are unable to have with their biological family for one reason or another. At Fostering UK we are always in need of foster carers, so we urge anyone considering fostering to start their journey. Many people reconsider applying to fostering a child due to information they have heard or seen online. Below is a list of fostering facts to counter common misconceptions that have made people feel that they are unable to apply. Hopefully this will encourage anyone considering fostering to apply, while also teaching anyone something they may not have known beforehand.
The Fostering Facts:
Foster Carers are desperately needed: As of March 2021, there were 55,000 children in care with the number constantly increasing. These children have entered care for a variation of reasons, predominantly surrounding some sort of neglect or abuse. We are always looking for carers from a range of backgrounds, religions and ethnicities so that we can match up carer and child well.
You can keep a job while being a foster carer: It is a common misconception that you are no longer able to work if you become a foster carer, however, this not always the case. If your number one priority remains looking after that child, and you can still fulfil that role with another job, then you are able to work. For example, if you are still able to take your child to school or appointments, while remaining flexible enough to pick up the child unexpectedly, then you can keep a job. Many foster carers have a part-time job while fostering and there is also an allowance paid to foster carers.
The fostering process is too difficult: At Fostering UK, the fostering assessment can appear to be a long and complex process. We like to make sure that we know enough about you to match you comfortably with a child and we have a dedicated team to ensure that this process is smooth and fast. We offer lots of support along the way and make sure that there is always someone available to you to guide you through the process.
There is no upper age limit: Many potential foster carers are led to believe that there is an age limit to foster. This is not true, there is no upper age limit to become a foster carer. As long as you have the time and energy to be a good carer for a child, then you are eligible to foster. The extra life experience that comes with age is valued at Fostering UK.
Looking to foster in Oxfordshire Today?
If you are considering fostering, then please contact us by calling us on 0333 044 8890. To get more information about fostering, or if you have any questions, you can visit our website for extensive information about fostering and the fostering process.
Fostering UK is looking for foster carers in Oxfordshire, so if you are in the area and thinking of fostering, please get in contact with us today.