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Myths about fostering

Myth 1: I can’t foster because I am in a same-sex relationship

False! We welcome LGBTIQ foster carers. We’re looking for people with big hearts and hope, who can provide a stable and loving home. Love makes a family.

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Myth 2: I can’t foster because I am too old

False! There are no age limits on fostering children and young people. In fact, many people come to fostering later in life after their own children have grown up and left home.

Myth 3: I can’t foster because I am single and live alone

False! You are eligible. You don’t have to be in a relationship to become a foster carer and you can access all the same supports as other carers. Stability is important as well as a supportive and nurturing environment.

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Myth 4: I can’t foster because I have a pet

False! Having pets does not prevent you from fostering. In fact pets can be an asset. We know that for many, pets are part of our families and can add to a child’s emotional development.

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Myth 5: I can’t foster because I rent

False! It does not matter whether you rent or own your own home. You can foster either way, you just need to have enough space for a child such as a spare room.

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Foster carer stories

“Becoming foster parents has been the best thing we’ve done. And if you have a thought about foster caring – do it.” – Foster carers, Geoff and Steve

Watch this short video about Geoff and Steve’s foster care journey

“The most rewarding part of being a foster carer to children with disabilities is the knowledge you can play a part in bringing happiness and joy to their life. They give you a reason to get up in the morning.” – Foster carers, Julie and Cheryl

Watch this short video about Julie and Cheryl’s foster care journey

Become a foster carer today

We work with families with the goal of keeping children and young people safe at home. When it is not safe to do so, they may be placed in foster care while we work with their families.

There are many types of care, including foster, relative and kinship. You can look after a child over a weekend, during holidays, overnight, or for a longer period. Or maybe you can give a child or young person a loving forever home through guardianship or open adoption.

Whether you’re single or married, older or younger, LGBTIQ, a renter or homeowner – there is a child out there that could benefit from your love and kindness.

Whoever you are, whatever your decision, there are plenty of options to suit you.

Express your interest in becoming a foster carer today.

If you want to find out more, call My Forever Family on 1300 782 975 or email enquiries@myforeverfamily.org.au

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Last updated: 11 Sep 2020