Foster Parenting > Myths About Fostering
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Myth... a two parent home is the only acceptable foster environment.
Fact...foster parents can be single persons or individuals in stable couple relationships.
Myth... young adults and seniors are not eligible to foster.
Fact... foster parents are caring adults of all ages, race, gender, and religions.
Myth... foster families are required to take any child that CAS chooses to place in their home.
Fact... foster parents have a choice in who is placed in their home; their preference of age, gender and needs are considered in an attempt to make the best match for the child and family.
Myth... all children that come into care are abused.
Fact... children come into care for many different reasons including abuse, neglect, abandonment, parental incapacity due to illness and parent-child conflict.
Myth... you have to have experience in order to become a foster parent.
Fact... experience is not necessary to become a foster parent. Foster parents come with a variety of skills strengths and experiences. Initial and ongoing training and support is available.
Myth... there has to be a stay at home parent in order to be approved as a foster family.
Fact... it is not necessary to have a stay at home parent. Homes where one or both adults are working can be approved; however, it may restrict the age group that you foster.
Myth... foster parents are required to pay for all the child's needs.
Fact... the agency provides a board rate to cover the costs of having an extra person in the home along with costs associated with the child's needs (i.e. clothing, recreation, birthdays, medical).
Myth... becoming a foster parent is a quick process.
Fact... there is an extensive training and application process before you become a foster parent. This process can take anywhere from six months to a year to complete.
Myth... in order to be a foster parent you need to make a commitment to a child on a permanent basis.
Fact... the CAS offers options such as weekend relief, emergency short term care, summer relief, day relief as well as long term care.