Could you be the amazing individual or family to support a young person in developing their full potential? There are a lot of myths about foster families. Test your knowledge before taking next steps.
I need to own my home.True
False: A foster caregiver can be a home owner or a home renter! What matters most is that your home is safe and nurturing for a child or teen who needs support.
I don’t qualify if I’m single.True
False: The right foster parent can be single, in a common-law relationship, or married.
I need to be a parent already.True
False: Already being a parent is not a requirement to foster. Having a willingness to attend (and learn from) foster caregiver training is.
Those from the LBGTQ community can become foster caregivers.True
True: Sexual orientation does not exclude a person from becoming a foster parent. Respecting diversity and differences is a core value we look for in ideal foster caregivers!
I shouldn’t apply to be a foster parent if I have an old criminal record.True
False: Depending on the nature of the record, this may or may not impact your eligibility. Each case is reviewed individually.
Fostering = Regular Parenting.True
False: Although children need to be nurtured and cared for, fostering is a lot more complex than raising our own children. The children and teens in our care have often experienced trauma and because of this, they require a more complex model of caregiving. The best foster parents really “get it” when it comes to the situations and life experiences of our children – even if they can’t imagine what it was like.
There are “choices” regarding the child or teen who is placed in your home.True
True: Foster families are entitled to information about the children who could potentially call your home their foster home. Based on that information, you will be able decide if a particular child or teen is a good fit with for your family and skill set.
I should reconsider becoming a foster parent if I am a former child or youth in care.True
False: Being a former child or youth in care does not eliminate you from applying to foster. The very best caregivers are kind, caring, trustworthy, loving people with a genuine commitment and sense of responsibility for all children; regardless of their situation when they were younger.
If I belong to one First Nation, I cannot care for children from a different First Nation.True
False: Being from a different nation does not mean you cannot care for those children; however, it is expected that you will honour and respect the traditions of the child.
Those with health issues should not consider becoming caregivers.True
False: As part of becoming a caregiver, you will have a medical review to determine if you are physically and emotionally able to parent. However, before this step you should ask yourself “am I fit and able to foster for now and the foreseeable future?”
You need to be previously trained to be considered to become a caregiver.True
False: Caregivers have many opportunities for training including 30 hours of Pre-Service and on-going development training each year.