MYTH: I could never be a foster provider because I'm not married and don't make a lot of money. I don't even own my own house.
FACT: There are no such requirements. You can be married, single or partnered, male or female, a homeowner or a renter. The only financial requirement is that you need to have some source of income as you go into fostering.
MYTH: I am too old / too young to foster.
FACT: You must be at least 25 to foster for our programs. Many "empty-nesters" and retirees find foster parenting to be a rewarding way to share their life experiences.
MYTH: I don't have any children, and to be a foster provider you need to have parenting experience.
FACT: Not true! Many of our foster providers are childless. They are, however, responsible people who have made a commitment to children and have learned parenting skills through our excellent training programs.
MYTH: Foster children have been abused so much that they're beyond repair. I wouldn't really be making a difference, anyway.
FACT: Children are amazingly resilient. Foster parents can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child by providing a structured, nurturing environment where a child can begin to heal. You can change the future of a child....how powerful is that?!
MYTH: Once I take in a foster child, I'm on my own without any help.
FACT: When you foster for a program in the Foster Family Care Network, you a become part of a team. The supports for foster providers include:
MYTH: The expenses of taking in a child would be too much.
FACT: We believe that foster providers should be compensated for their time and commitment, so we provide a tax-free monthly stipend. The children in our programs also have medical, dental and mental health insurance.