Foster carers and fostering professionals came together on Wednesday (6 July, 2022) to share best practice and help further improve fostering services for Wolverhampton’s children and young people in care.

The annual Foster Carer Conference, at the Molineux Stadium, brought together carers and professionals to specifically focus on developing therapeutic parenting skills and building resilience. 

Hosted by foster Carer Serju Patel, the theme of the day – ‘Find The Best Of You’ – was also an opportunity to recognise foster carers as some of the most important frontline carers, and how they transform the lives of some of Wolverhampton’s most vulnerable children and young people.

The conference was opened by Alison Hinds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Deputy Director of Children’s Social Care, while the keynote speaker, internationally renowned therapist and author of several therapeutic parenting books Sarah Dillon, gave an emotional insight about trauma informed fostering which was received with a standing ovation.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "We are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve fostering services and outcomes for our children and young people in care. 

"This important training event was a brilliant opportunity to have foster carers, social workers and other professionals in one place, learning together, sharing best practice and helping to develop new ways in which we can support children and young people in Wolverhampton.

“As well as an opportunity to reflect and build on the skills that our carers have in safeguarding young people and providing them with a safe and loving family, the conference was a chance for us to say a massive thank to our many foster carers who do a challenging job, day in, day out, to give children and young people the best possible start in life.”

To find out more visit Fostering for Wolverhampton, or call 01902 551133.