Dispelling the myths surrounding foster care; a short guide


If you have been considering foster care, you may come across some unfortunate myths surrounding the industry that could put you off the process. There is an urgent shortage of foster carers in Australia right now, and these misconceptions may be contributing to the problem. Here, we outline a few of the myths and give you the facts.

1] “I’m too old to be a foster carer.” You can be a foster carer as long as you are over the age of 21, healthy and capable of looking after a child.

2] “I can’t foster because I’ve never had kids.” This does not stop you from fostering a child. You might be younger, and choose to foster in the short term before you’re ready to start your own family.

3] “I can’t foster because I’m in a same-sex relationship.” This one is simply not true. Families suitable for adoption or foster care are people who can be focused on the child’s needs, people who are empathetic, and are able to provide security. What’s important is the quality of the care, not the relationship status of the carer. Same-sex couples are able to be foster parents, and single people can also be carers.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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