Foster Myths

Maybe you’ve thought about becoming a foster parent, but some myths about foster care have you second-guessing. Here’s a list of well-known myths about foster care that are not true. We have the capacity to serve all of North Carolina, so whether you live in the mountains, on the coast, or anywhere in between, we need foster parents in your area.  Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about changing lives through our foster care program.

Myth: I am too old to be a foster parent.
Fact: Minimum age to foster a child is 21 years old. There is no age limit. You’re as old as you feel.

Myth: I am not married. A single person can’t be a foster parent.
Fact: You don’t have to be married to be a foster parent.

Myth: I can’t be a foster parent because I don’t own my own home.
Fact: You actually don’t have to be a homeowner to foster. Many of our foster parents rent their homes.

Myth: Fostering a child is too expensive. I can’t afford to bring a child into my home.
Fact: There is a stipend given to help with the child’s needs.

Myth: It’s too much pressure to foster a child. I can’t do it alone.
Fact: If you foster with Children’s Hope Alliance, you’re never on the journey alone. We have 24/7 on-call staff to help anytime you need us.

Myth: I can’t be a foster parent because I get too attached.
Fact: We do get attached, and that is why in some cases the foster parents have the option to adopt.

Myth: Don’t foster children act out? I don’t think I can deal with rowdy behavior.
Fact: All children don’t have behavior issues, but if they do, we supply tools, training and support designed for managing behaviors.