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Myths of Foster Care, Part 1 of 4

May is National Foster Care Month and here at AK Child & Family are celebrating our Treatment Foster Parents and Families. We thought that it would be a good time to talk about some of the “myths’ that we here about regarding Foster Care. We will be doing a 4 part series of blogs this month about some of these myths.

Imagine all the myths we get bombarded with on a day to day basis. Foster Care is definitely not left out of the myths that come our way. We want to shed light on some of these myths. Check them out and let us know if there may be any other ones you’ve heard that we didn’t address here.

Myth: You have to be wealthy to be a foster parent and you need to be married with your own home.
Reality:There are no such requirements. Foster parents must be financially stable, but they do not have to be wealthy at all! You can be married or single, a homeowner or a renter. The only financial requirement is that you have enough of an income to support yourself and your family aside from the money you are reimbursed to care for a child living in foster care.

Myth: I don’t have any children and to be a foster parent you need to have parenting experience.
Reality: Not true! Many foster parents are childless. They are, however, responsible people who have made a commitment to children and demonstrate ability to parent or a desire to learn parenting skills.

Myth: Foster parents have to stay at home with the children and I work full-time, I guess that excludes me.
Reality: No, it doesn’t. Many foster parents work outside of the home and you can discuss with a licensing agency what options may be available to assist in child care while you are working.

Myth: My children are grown and out of the house. I’m too old to be a foster parent.
Reality: There is no age requirement (other than you must be at least 21). Many “empty nesters” find foster parenting to be a rewarding experience.