The Answer to “Can I Foster?”
At this point, most of the answers to the question of “can I foster” should be well answered. You’ve learnt about the application process, the amount of time it takes to have your application considered, and what types of requirements you need to satisfy in order to be eligible for becoming a foster parent. You’ve also learnt what types of opportunities you’ll have to hone some very important skills during the application process in order to prepare you for the eventuality that you will be selected, answering that question of “can I foster” with a resounding “yes”!
Beyond that, however, you’ve learnt what kind of support systems you’ll have available to you in the event you are chosen to become a foster carer. You'll have access to a dedicated social worker to answer your questions and to work with you on personal skills development, a mentor buddy and a larger network of fellow carers to rely on for experienced advice, and advanced support in emergencies and other unique situations. You’ll also gain access to respite services as well when you simply need an extra bit of self-care.
Finally, you’ve learnt all about the compensation and other benefits of becoming a foster carer. These include a minimum weekly allowance per child fostered, additional compensation for special circumstances or if you possess special skills, and even tax relief for doing the hard work of providing the kind of dedicated, compassionate help needed to prepare a foster child for adulthood.
You may still have unanswered questions. That’s only natural — becoming a foster carer is a major endeavour, one that you shouldn’t undertake without some serious contemplation. A qualified social worker can aid you in answering these remaining questions, which will help you decide not just “can I foster” but “should I foster”. If you’re dedicated, compassionate, patient, and committed to provide one or more children with the support they need to succeed, then that answer may very well be yes.
We firmly believe that everyone has the ability to make a positive contribution to the lives of children and young people in foster care. When assessing the qualities of foster carers against foster care requirements, we don’t base our decision on the level of experience, we instead look for attributes such as enthusiasm, patience and resilience.
Most importantly, when considering who can foster, we look for foster carers who are able to provide a stable and secure environment.
If you think you might be that person but still have a few doubts, why not send us a quick message and start a conversation. Just ask us anything, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.