If you are single and thinking about becoming a foster parent it is important to understand that your relationship status will not prevent you from doing so. Many single parents, including single people and without children, choose to become foster parents.
According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of people living alone in the UK has increased by 4.0% over the last 10 years; in 2020 the proportion of one-person households ranged from 22.8% in London to 33.6% in Scotland and the North East of England. This shows the growing potential for single foster carers.
Many single people will have the qualities needed for fostering and their relationship status should not hold them back from applying. If you are over 21, have a spare bedroom and have a legal right to live and work in the UK then there is every chance you can care for a young person.
Fostering is flexible around child care which means that if a single person works full time during the day they might still be able to provide short breaks at the weekends. Furthermore single parents who are not working are in the perfect position to provide full time care for another child.
Whichever position a single person may find themselves in they will all be provided with the same high level of support from Fostering to Inspire. This includes training and development and sufficient foster carer allowances.
If you are thinking “I am single and I want to foster” and would like to know more about how you can become a foster parent then please contact us now.
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