Common Misconceptions about Foster Care

1. One parent has to be a stay at home parent in order to do Foster Care…
FALSE: Maybe in the past, but it is now realized that most foster parents in this day and time work outside of the home. Many agencies now even provide a daycare subsidy or daycare financial assistance.

2. There is a money to be made by becoming a foster parent…
FALSE: And let me say this again, FALSE… the subsidy that most states provide usually isn’t even enough to pay for the child’s basic needs and YOU WILL have to spend money out of your pocket for the kids that come into your home.. The subsidy that your receive is given to reimburse you for the money you already spent on the child and OFTEN it will not cover ALL the expenses that you have incurred. Foster parents are volunteers, not paid employees.

3. All the children have behavior problems and or medical problems…
FALSE: Granted most all of the children will come with issues that need to be addressed, (If you were in Foster Care, wouldn’t you have some issues) but there are MANY healthy children and depending on where you live, quite a few infants.

4. It takes a long time to get licensed to be a foster parent…
DEPENDS: on where you live and how many people who also have to be licensed and it also depends on how many weeks or months your initial class…It only took me a little over 2 months.


5. You have to own a home to be a foster parent…
FALSE: You can rent an apartment, as a matter of fact I do.. You just have to show that you have adequate space for a child.

6. Only married people can become foster parents…
FALSE: I am single and I am a foster parent…They can not discriminate against you because of your marital status.

7. Many kids are in the foster care system for several years…
DEPENDS: Yes many kids have been in foster care for years. However many states now have laws that limits the amount of time a child can be in Foster Care without a permanency plan…(As in there is a certain amount of time parents have to get their act together before the child is given up for adoption and parental rights terminated) In this case the children would then be adopted by relatives or most likely their foster parents.

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