6 Reasons Young Single People Make Fantastic Foster Parents
Okay, we probably know that only a handful of young single people who currently live alone have seriously considered the opportunity of becoming a foster carer, but we’re on a mission to make sure everybody understands they have the potential to foster and help change the life of a child or young person in need.
According to the Office of National Statistics, there are currently 1.5 to 2 million people in the UK aged between 25 and 44 who currently live alone. To help put this into context, it would only take less than 1% of this figure to answer the country’s growing need for more foster carers (an extra 9,000 by the end of 2016).
With most people’s perception of foster carers being a married couple in their mid-50s that happen to have a spare bedroom since their children have now flown the nest, it is indeed refreshing to understand that this demographic we have highlighted are largely an untapped resource in the world of fostering – Here’s our 6 reasons why they would make an ideal foster parent.
They’re eligible to foster
First and foremost, they meet our foster care requirements. One of the biggest reasons why people don’t pluck up the courage to apply is simply because they don’t think their eligible.
No, you don’t need to be a married couple in your mid-50s, or a person that’s got several decades of experience in the care sector. If you’re over 21, financially stable and have a spare bedroom then you can apply – It’s as simple as that.
They have the energy to keep up
Being able to keep up with an energetic young person can often be a big difference in some fostering relationships. Whether it’s a last minute dash to the shops before football practice because they’ve left their football socks at school, or if it’s just saturday afternoon playtime in the park, you have to be able to keep up with them!
By no means are we saying fostering is specifically designed for younger people, but there may be certain situations where you may need to be more energetic than others.
They can be more open to ideas
With a smaller age gap between foster carer and child, especially if you’re fostering a teenager, there is a likelihood that you’re going to be more open and flexible in your approach. It is important the children and young people in care are looked after by a family or individual who has an open mind set and can adapt to a variety of situations.
Being able to work and foster at the sametime is a real possibility
For most young single people aged between 25 and 44, work is likely to be a priority for many. Well, the great thing about being a foster care is that it’s extremely flexible. Although it does depend on an individual’s circumstances, but there is certainly a fostering placement to suit everybody here at Perpetual Fostering.
To discover more information, read our recent article on working and fostering.
Fostering is a job unlike any other!
It’s fair to say, the rewards, the buzz and the satisfaction that fostering gives you as a carer is nothing short of unique. If you’ve become disillusioned with the humdrum 9 to 5 routine, then fostering could be the perfect career move for you.
You’ll be fully supported, provided with a competitive foster care allowance and also a reward payment that reflects your level of experience. In addition to this, you’ll be benefiting from fantastic tax relief too.
They’re the perfect role model
Regardless of their age, gender, marital status or sexual orientation, all foster carers are the perfect role models for the young people they care for. In particular, being a young single foster carer can be especially inspiring for anyone else who has considered becoming a foster carer.
Whether you’re young, old, married, single, widowed, gay, straight or transgender, everyone has the opportunity to become a fantastic foster carer. As you’ll be provided with full training, professional advice and 24/7 support, you don’t require any previous experience either.
To start your fostering journey, apply online or get in touch with a dedicated member of our team today.