Can you be a foster parent if you’re single

Can you foster if
you’re single?

We have many single foster parents and these include men and women, straight and gay, with and without children of their own - so you’re very welcome to apply to foster with Orange Grove.

It's absolutely possible to be a single foster parent, however, there are some practical things you'll need to consider that will form part of the fostering assessment.

Support network - you'll have an entire professional network of support when you join Orange Grove, and our extensive training programme will help you to develop the confidence and skills you need. But caring for children – especially vulnerable ones – can be extremely challenging too, so it helps if your close friends and family support your decision to foster and will be there to help out if needed.

Space in your life - looking after children in care is an around-the-clock role, so there’s bound to be an impact on your social life – and even your work, which can make it difficult to balance everything. While some single people continue to work a flexible, part-time role, it may not always be possible depending on your personal circumstances. Many choose to rely on our generous fostering payments, which removes the need to work when looking after a child or young person.

Can a single parent foster?

Can a single parent foster?

It's completely possible to be a single parent and foster, depending on your personal circumstances, for example, whether you work, the age of your children and how dependent they are on you, and whether you have a big support network. 

Fostering as a single parent not only means that you'll give vulnerable children a safe, loving home but can also be a great experience for your birth children too. Plus, you'll receive a generous allowance and benefits package, allowing you to focus on the children in your care.

As an Orange Grove foster parent, you'll receive excellent support and great training, so it’s a great way to develop new skills and a rewarding long-term career.

If you think becoming a single foster carer is for you, please get in touch.

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