Many people consider fostering to help a child in need, but a lot of them have no idea that becoming a foster carer can actually be a rewarding career. It requires somebody special to take on a child or a young person, especially if they have physical or behavioral issues. This is where fostering as a career comes in.
Succeeding at becoming a foster parent is a very satisfying feeling, even if you feel like the progress you’re making is slow. If you are a foster parent of a child that is older, you’ll have the chance to pass on skills, wisdom, and transform the life of a child who needs you now more than ever.
There is a national shortage of foster parents, especially throughout the pandemic. The number of children needing foster carers soared to a whopping 44% throughout 2020. Meanwhile, the number of people looking to become foster carers has fallen by almost half over the same amount of time. It’s apparent that this national shortage needs to be looked into, action needs to be taken.
Due to this information, developing your foster parenting abilities and experience is more crucial than ever, and it always will be in demand. More and more foster parents are needed each day to ensure that children who need fostering have the opportunity to benefit from living in a safe, stable, and nurturing family environment.
(Click here to read more about the foster care shortage)
Fostering as a Career
Before embarking on a career in fostering it is important to take the time to research and then discuss the possibilities with your own family (spouse and siblings) so that you can make an informed choice, and for the right reasons.
Fostering as a career means that you will be self-employed, but with special exemptions from the tax for foster career income. Upon doing your research, check out the HMRC website, call them, or an Accountant for more tax information.
If you currently receive benefits, talk to your local council office – as in most cases, fostering income will not affect your entitlement to the benefits that you receive if you do need them.
Get Started in Fostering as a Career
To get started, you don’t need to have a particular set of qualifications. However, if you have experience of caring for or working with children, it will really help you.
As a new foster parent, you won’t be left alone to figure it all out as soon as you leave the foster care home. In fact, you will most likely work with a bunch of other people who are involved in the child’s life; this includes – the maternal parents, other family members, social workers, health workers, teachers, and foster care home professionals.
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