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Fostering FAQs: Do you have to have had children to be a foster parent?

A fostering question we are often asked is ‘Do we have to have had our own children to foster?’ and the simple answer is ‘No’.

Last week at panel we had two households approved, a single female and a couple, neither of whom had birth children.  Some people might think it’s a disadvantage to not have been a parent, but it is also true that you can therefore come into fostering with no preconceived ideas of how to parent.  Looking after a child who has come into care can be a very different experience and new skills may be needed.  Your own children may not have presented with the same behaviours, as they have come from a secure base with no attachment issues.  It’s all about understanding the child in your care.  We will give you all the support you need to best achieve this.

Our comprehensive training programme benefits all our foster parents whether or not they have had children of their own.

Our SMILE model has been developed around therapeutic parenting and will give you so much insight into trauma on a young person’s life and how you can help them to achieve their full potential.

If this is something you would like to know more about, please get in touch:

Enquiry hotline                 07723 117928




Mosaic Foster Care is a Private Ltd Company (reg no 07133494) providing fostering placements for children and young people to age 17.
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