Many single parents choose to become foster parents; also, plenty of foster parents don’t have biological children of their own. Maybe you’re a single person who is considering becoming a foster parent? You should know that your relationship status won’t hold you back. If you have some experience of caring for children, perhaps in looking after younger relatives or as part of a career, we can consider your application. Foster parents need to be supportive, nurturing and patient, so if these are characteristics you possess, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re single, married, or in a relationship. And gender is not an issue. Many successful foster parents are single, however you must be able to commit to the role full-time, and have a sufficient support network of people around you.

Some single parents are unable to work traditional 9-5 jobs because of childcare commitments. But they make good candidates for foster parents because they have experience of parenting and are able to fully commit to a fostering role for one or more children. Dedicating lots of time to look after the children in your care is crucial. This means that, as a single person, you may not be eligible to foster if you want to continue working on a full-time basis. However, even if you want to continue working full time, you still may be able to help children by becoming a respite foster parent. This is when you look after a child on a short-term basis, giving other full-time foster parents a break from their responsibilities.