The City of Wolverhampton Council is using a new Sky TV advert to encourage local people to become foster carers.

It highlights the change fostering can make, not only to a child’s life but also to the foster carer’s own life by doing something worthwhile and making a real difference.

The advert can be seen at Fostering for Wolverhampton.

Throughout this autumn the Fostering for Wolverhampton Team will also be holding a series of online information events, giving a chance to find out more about this rewarding career including the support and financial benefits which are available and the chance to speak with a current foster carer. 

Anyone interested in finding out more about fostering for the council can book onto one of the virtual online information events taking place on Thursday 30 September at 6.30pm, Saturday 2 October at 1.30pm or Tuesday 19 October at 6.30pm. To book a place, please visit Fostering for Wolverhampton

Last year, the fostering team saw an increase in people interested in fostering during the coronavirus pandemic. More people than ever contacted Fostering for Wolverhampton to find out how they could help change a child’s life and what the application process involves. 

Foster families are helping to give hundreds of children in Wolverhampton the best possible start in life by offering them a supportive environment in a loving home. But more foster carers are urgently needed as there are currently dozens of children waiting for a home, and the Fostering for Wolverhampton team are keen to hear from individuals and couples who want to make a difference to a local child.  

Foster carers can be single, 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 “buddy support” from experienced foster carers who are there to help and guide them and carers receive a regular, tax exempt fee and allowance to cover the cost of bringing up the child. The allowance starts from £383 to £440 per week depending on the child’s age.  

Councillor Beverly Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We all want to see children and young people get the best possible start in life, so that they can realise their dreams and fulfil their potential. That’s exactly what being a foster carer for Wolverhampton is all about.

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

For further information, please visit Facebook or call 01902 551133.