Foster Care Fortnight 2023 begins today (Monday 15 May, 2023) with the theme of #FosteringCommunities – celebrating the strength and resilience of fostering communities in Wolverhampton and all they do to ensure children are cared for and supported to thrive. 

Foster parents 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 parents who are there to help and guide them and they receive a regular, tax exempt fee and allowance to cover the cost of bringing up the child.  

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Executive Director of Families, 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 parent for Wolverhampton is all about. 

“Fostering can truly be a life changing experience, both for foster parents and the young person they care for and, with currently nearly 200 fantastic fostering households, we are very lucky to have so many dedicated foster parents here in our city. 

“But we have more youngsters who are looking for a permanent foster home and so we’d love to hear from people who have both a spare room and of course love in their heart to give the most vulnerable children and young people in our city a family home.” 

Foster Care Fortnight is the perfect time for people to find out more about Fostering for Wolverhampton. Visit its new and improved pop-up shop on the first floor in the Mander Centre on various dates throughout Foster Care Fortnight, while team members will also be visiting local libraries and have a presence at the Fanzone when Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Everton at Molineux Stadium on Saturday 20 May.

Alternatively, potential foster parents can attend online information sessions taking place on Thursday (18 May, 2023) or Wednesday 24 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. 

They will provide an opportunity to find out more about this rewarding career, including the support and financial benefits on offer. It is also an opportunity to speak directly to existing foster parents and find out first-hand what it is like to be a foster parent for the City of Wolverhampton Council. For details of all the events taking place during Foster Care Fortnight, please visit Fostering for Wolverhampton

For more information about Fostering for Wolverhampton, please visit Fostering for Wolverhampton or Facebook or call 01902 551133.