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Could you be a foster carer?

June 3, 2014 1:51 PM


Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, is encouraging her constituents to mark Fostering in Wales Day tomorrow (Wednesday 21 May), part of the Fostering Network's Foster Care Fortnight from 12-25 May.

This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the work that thousands of foster families do across the country, and to bust some of the myths around fostering. For example:

• There is no legal minimum age to become a foster carer, though in general they will be 21+;

• There is also no official upper age limit on being a foster carer;

• Single people can foster as well as married or cohabiting couples;

• There are many gay and lesbian foster carers;

• Foster carers do not need to own their own home;

• People don't have to be parents to foster.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP said:

"Fostering a child can completely transform their life, so it is wonderful that Welsh people are the most likely in the UK to consider fostering in Britain. However, sadly there are still many children and young people who are without any sort of home or family life who need a foster carer.

"I think lots of us have preconceived ideas about what kind of person can be a foster carer, maybe imagining all sorts of politically correct restrictions. In actual fact, what is really important is not your age or sexual preference but having the right skills and qualities to look after vulnerable children, many of whom may have suffered terrible abuse or neglect.

"If you feel this is something you could do or if would like to learn more about the fostering process, please get in touch with your local council or an independent fostering agency."