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Can Single People Foster?

“I’m really interested in becoming a foster parent, but can single people foster?”

When it comes to fostering, we love nothing more than talking to people about it, regardless of whether they’re already fostering, have never fostered in their lives or they’re thinking about becoming a foster carer for the first time. However, we are still faced with a strong belief that only certain individuals from specific backgrounds are eligible to foster.

In reality, it is very much the opposite, as there are very few barriers that stand in the way of who can foster. So, yes single people DO have the same opportunity as those who are married, widowed or in civil partnerships to become foster parents.

At Perpetual Fostering, we see the ideal foster carer as being a person(s) who is over the age of 21, has a spare bedroom, a good grasp of English, as well as a strong determination to make a difference to the life and future outlook of a child or young person in care.

Single foster carers are still a minority

While there may be very few prerequisites that stand in the way of becoming a foster carer, there are still several minority groups that exist, to which single foster carers is clearly one of them.

The national fostering charity, The Fostering Network, recently produced a survey which discovered only 25% of over 750 respondents were found to be single foster carers. Although this is a statistic that has been increasing in recent years, more needs to be done to attract other single people to the industry.

This is especially true for single male foster carers, as nearly 1/5 of all males interviewed still didn’t believe that they could become foster carers.

Single people can become excellent foster carers

Maybe you’re a single parent, or perhaps you’re just a single person, either way at Perpetual Fostering we help to ensure that each member of our fostering community is made to feel part of the family.

You’ll be provided with the highest level of care, support and training that will equip you with the skills and qualities needed to become the very best foster parent you can be. In addition to memories and heart-warming moments you’ll receive by fostering a vulnerable child or young person, you’ll also benefit from a competitive foster care allowance and 24 hour support from our immensely experienced team.

Becoming a single foster carer is absolutely possible. It clearly doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, married, single, widowed, gay, straight or transgender everyone has the same opportunity to become a foster parent, so what’s stopping you? Get in touch with our team and start your fostering journey today.

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