4 Respite Carer Myths: BUSTED!

Myth #1: Respite carers must be Singaporean citizens


We have a pretty diverse pool of respite carers in our Sanctuary Care family, all hailing from different parts of the world. The only clause is that you will need to be in Singapore for at least the next year. Otherwise, as long as you fit the criteria and are found to be suitable, we would be most happy to have you on board!


Myth #2: I need to be rich to provide respite care


You don’t have to be affluent to respite carer. Generally, if you can financially support your own family and be responsible for your own children, you can consider becoming a foster parent. In fact, at Sanctuary Care, we cover some of the additional financial expenditure by supplying diapers and milk powder if the child needs them and also help out with transporting the children to where they need to be.




Myth #3: Only younger parents are suitable for respite care


Nonsense! Old is gold as they say. To us, if you are able to provide a safe home environment and are able to care for a child, we aren't one to say no. As long as you meet the criteria, we at Sanctuary Care welcomes your application.


In fact, one of the most common profile of respite carer is the ‘empty nester’. The empty nester is a parent whose own children have grown up and left home. Providing respite care is an excellent way for them to still take care of children at home and at the same time give back to the community by helping those in need of a little support.


Myth #4: Children in respite care are bad and hard to handle

We know that there are no bad children. Without a doubt, going into respite or foster care and being separated from their family, no matter how short a time that may be, can be traumatic for any child.

Think back to when your child first went to daycare or preschool. Do your remember how your child reacted to a strange new place with strange new people? Did every child react the same way? Chances are, some children would have stayed quiet, while some would be scared and cry, or even start wailing for their parents. Well, the same goes for children faced with going to a respite carer's. Each child will react quite differently, and some may initially be difficult to handle as they do not quite know what to make of the situation.

And therein lies the answer! Helping the child make sense of the situation, building trust with the child. It’s rather like a new relationship — trust needs to be earned. Helping the child recognize that you are trustworthy and that he/she is here till mummy and daddy are able to pick him/her up (sounds alot like daycare doesn't it?) goes a long way with helping him/her settle in.

Get tips from our veteran respite carers on managing new children in care: LINK


Interested in learning more about respite care? Head on over to 4 Respite Care myths: BUSTED!


Interested to be a respite carer? Check out our criteria for being a respite carer!

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