Single Foster Parent FAQs
Family Fostering Partners love single foster parents! Families come in all shapes and sizes and we think that that’s something to be celebrated. We value our carers for their amazing personalities, their commitment to providing a loving home, and for the warmth and friendliness they bring to our community and team.
Relationship and marital status does not matter to us and does not affect your ability to become a great carer. All we care about is that new applicants meet the essential requirements to begin their application. This means that they must be 21 years old or above, be a UK citizen or have leave to remain, and have a spare bedroom in their home for the foster child to stay. If you meet these criteria, then nothing is stopping you from becoming a carer and making a huge difference to children and young people’s lives in your local area.
What if I'm an LGBTQ single person?
That’s great! We welcome applications from a diverse range of people and those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply! We welcome applications from gay single people, transgender people, and people who identify as queer. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or dating, as long as you meet the criteria and you have enough time in your life to dedicate yourself to fostering full time. The only thing to remember is that your entire household will need to be approved to foster when you apply, so anyone you live with currently will also need to be on board with your decision. We encourage new applicants to discuss their choice with anyone they may be dating or any housemates they may have.
Can I work and foster as a single person?
As a foster parent, it is expected that you will devote a significant amount of your time to looking after your foster child. Depending on age, you will need to be there for the school run, weekends, and for all their meetings, reviews, and other activities. This can mean that it may be hard to keep up a full time career in another industry.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t work at all. Part-time and flexible work is completely compatible with foster care as you can work during school hours. As long as you meet with the childcare expectations we require, then working alongside becoming a carer can be a feasible option.
For other carers who wish to keep their full-time job, there are different types of foster care than can be suited to this. For example, respite care allows you to foster a child for a few days, giving the child’s usual caregivers a well-needed break. This can be a great option for single people who are new to fostering and want to ease themselves into the process.
What if I’m a single man?
Single men can sometimes feel worried about foster care as child care can be perceived as a female-oriented role. We believe that these gender roles are outdated and that men can make amazing carers! For many children, a strong male role model will have been missing from their lives, male carers have the opportunity to rectify this and provide love, support, and nurture to children of all ages who need help to grow and develop.
What if I don’t have children or child care experience?
Some single people without children may be concerned that not having their own children will put them at a disadvantage when it comes to applying to foster. This isn’t true and you can foster whether you have your own children or not. No previous experience is necessary and we do not require any formal qualifications or certificates to apply. Family Fostering Partners provide a detailed core training programme for carers which covers all areas of behaviour management, safeguarding, relationship development, and other important aspects of caring for a looked after child. You can be sure that you will have been well prepared to foster and we provide ongoing support to our carers throughout their time with us.
Become a single foster parent
Out foster children bring so much to our carers lives and contribute to their happiness just as much as our amazing carers bring love and joy to their foster children’s lives! It’s a two-way street where doing something incredible for a vulnerable young child also brings satisfaction and joy to your life. That’s not to say that fostering won’t sometimes be a challenge. As with any parenting, there will be ups and downs, unpredictable moments, and tough days, but we believe the rewarding nature of the role outweighs any of these elements!
To join our wonderful family, contact us to begin your application. We can guide you through each step of the process so the only thing for you to worry about is picking up the phone and giving us a call. Please ring 03300 948816 to speak to a member of our team. Alternatively, click here to use our contact form or message us using our live chat tool.