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Myth: I could never be a foster parent because I’m not married and don’t make a lot of money. I don’t even own my own home.
Fact: There are no such requirements. You can be married, single, partnered, or divorced. You can be a homeowner or a renter. The only financial requirement is your income needs to exceed your expenses.
Myth: Foster parents have to stay at home with the children and I work full-time. I guess that excludes me.
Fact: Many foster parents work outside the home and in almost all cases, daycare with a certified provider is paid for (3 stars or higher).
Myth: My children are grown and out of the house. I’m too old to be a foster parent.
Fact: There is no age requirement other than you must be at least 21 years of age. Many “empty nesters” find foster parenting to be a rewarding experience. Respite foster care is also a nice part time option, which you can do according to your availability.
Myth: I can’t be a foster parent because I would get too attached. It would be too hard to see a child leave my home to be reunified with their family.
Fact: It’s true – you will get attached, and it will be painful when a child you love leaves. These children have suffered through things no child should ever face and they need the love and care foster parents provide while their families heal. It is rewarding to see a family heal and be reunified, and you could have the unique and rewarding opportunity to continue to be a support to that child’s family.
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