There must be diversity among the foster care community to meet the needs of children and young people. It’s important to note that applications are welcomed from people that come from all sorts of backgrounds. It doesn’t matter what your marital status is, that also goes for race, sexuality or gender. You can also foster whether you are single, co-habiting, married or divorced.
It’s very important to have a wide range of foster carers available that are from these different backgrounds, have different skill sets, knowledge and general life experience. One of the common myths surrounds the LGBT community and their ability to foster. There were changes to the law in 2006 that allows both foster and adoptive carers in an LGBT couple to appear as legal guardians on adoption and fostering paperwork. This resulted in an increase in LGBT foster carers. All fostering agencies are committed to equal treatment of all prospective foster carers and will positively welcome applications. Your sexual orientation is not important when determining your ability to provide a safe and comfortable home and life to fostering a child.
Each child in foster care can be very different. It’s what you can bring to the role of fostering that will help you to provide a better live for the children who live with you. Another fostering myth surrounds religion and the idea that religion will prevent you from being able to foster. Children will be placed with families that can meet their needs. This too includes religious needs. This doesn’t mean that you need to practice the same religion as the child or does the child have to practice the same religion as you. Although, applicants do need to consider how they would feel if a child was placed with them who didn’t share their religious views and how they would feel about that.
Are you interested in becoming a foster carer and would like more information about how to become a foster carer? Contact us at Viola Fostering Services now and we will help you.