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.
November 18 2019
“Fostering has had such a positive impact on my life”
Lynette has cared for 34 children in 7 and a half years. Today, she shares her experience as a foster parent.
May 16 2018
“We love him like he’s one of our own”
Suso shares how he’s fostered over 40 children in 20 years, despite losing his wife nearly 10 years ago.
Ready to start your fostering journey?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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