The City of Wolverhampton Council wants to hear from people who are LGBT+ and interested in becoming foster parents.

Fostering for Wolverhampton is celebrating LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week, #ProudToFoster, from today (Monday 1 March) to Sunday 7 March.

Fostering for Wolverhampton welcomes LGBT+ potential foster parents and will support their application to take on this life changing role.

Councillor John Reynolds, 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.”

Paul and Michael, who are foster carers in Wolverhampton, 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 these 3 young people’s lives.

“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.”

People can find out more about starting their fostering journey at one of Fostering for Wolverhampton’s online information events; the next is on Thursday (4 March) at 6.30pm; visit Fostering for Wolverhampton or call 01902 551133 for more details.