Parents who have seen their children fly the nest are being encouraged to become a foster carer.

Fostering for Wolverhampton says this stage in life could be an ideal opportunity for parents to consider fostering - turning "empty nest syndrome" into a positive experience by making a huge difference to a young person's life.

In Wolverhampton, there are currently more than 700 children either in care or looking for a stable home, and Fostering for Wolverhampton is keen to hear from experienced parents who now have the time and space to open their home to a young person in need.

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "Becoming a foster carer takes resilience, patience and understanding - something that parents of older teenagers have in abundance.

"Although some parents view their children leaving home as a liberating time, many find it hard to suddenly have no dependents at home and to adjust to an empty home - this is why we'd urge people who may be experiencing so called empty nest syndrome to consider fostering.

"Fostering can be a life changing experience, both for the foster carers and the young person they care for. We'd love to hear from people who have a spare room and of course love in their heart and who want to help local children by fostering."

Foster carers can be sole carers, married or in a relationship - and they won't be on their own as help and support is available 24 hours a day. They will receive 6 months' "buddy support" from experienced foster carers who are there to befriend and guide them through the system.

People can find out more about Fostering for Wolverhampton by attending a special information evening in Suite 20, Molineux Stadium on Tuesday (6 October, 2015) from 7pm to 8.30pm. To book a place, please call the recruitment team on 01902 553041. Alternatively visit Type=articles;Articleid=3758;Title=Fostering; or call 01902 551133 for an informal chat.

  • released: Thursday 1 October, 2015