MYTH: You have to be wealthy to be a foster parent.
Fact: Foster parents must be financially stable, but they do not have to be wealthy at all! Home ownership is not a requirement, although there are rules about how many children you can foster based on the number of bedrooms in your residence.
MYTH: You have to be married to be a foster parent.
Fact: Unmarried individuals can and do serve as excellent foster parents.
MYTH: Someone has to be at home with the kid(s) during the day, so people with full-time jobs can’t foster.
Fact: People work full-time jobs when they have biological children, and it’s no different with foster children. Your foster care agency can advise you on childcare options.
MYTH: You have to have parenting experience to be a foster parent.
Fact: While helpful, parenting experience is not a necessity. People can be trained to care for children, which is why our agency and partners provide thorough training and support throughout the process.
MYTH: You don’t get to choose the type of child(ren) who are placed in your home.
Fact: You have control over which child(ren) are placed in your home. However, the broader your parameters, the more quickly you will receive a placement and the more children you can help.
MYTH: My children are grown, sodo I must be too old to be a foster parent.
Fact: The only age requirement for foster parents is they must be 21 or older. Empty nesters often make great foster parents and find it to be a rewarding experience.
MYTH: I can’t be a foster parent because I would get too attached, which would be emotionally difficult.
Fact: It’s true — you will get attached, and it will be painful when a child you love leaves. But these children have experienced trauma no child should ever face, so by opening your heart and home to them, you can leave a lasting positive impact on their lives.