The Fostering for Wolverhampton team will be celebrating LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week 2022, beginning on Wednesday (2 March), and want to hear from people who are LGBT+ and interested in becoming foster parents.

Fostering for Wolverhampton welcomes LGBT+ potential parents and will support their application to foster. People can find out more at an online information event, the next of which takes place on Thursday 3 March at 6.30pm. Visit Fostering for Wolverhampton or call 01902 551133 for more details.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. We welcome applications from people of any sexuality, race, or religion. You don’t have to be married or have a partner either, we have lots of excellent single foster carers. 

“What matters is that you can open your hearts and your home to a child who hasn’t had the best start in life and make a real difference to their future.”

People can watch a short video of Fostering for Wolverhampton foster carers Angela and Jo below. 

Paul and Michael, who are also foster carers with Fostering for Wolverhampton, are also sharing their story. They said: “We chose to foster because we could offer a young person a loving, safe environment. We enjoy a stable, caring relationship and want to have our own family to nurture and see them grow and have the best future that they can.  

“Our first foster placement, a sibling group of 3 under the age of 6, came unexpectedly and despite being a huge challenge we made a big, positive difference to the lives of these 3 young people.

“Our advice to anyone thinking of fostering is to go ahead and do it. It is a journey, but there’s lots of support and training and it’s one of the most rewarding things we as a couple have done.”

LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week 2022 runs from Wednesday (2 March) to Tuesday 8 March.