During the coronavirus pandemic, many people have reflected about their life choices and the importance of community support. To find out more, watch the short film, Out There, developed by the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum.
It highlights the ways fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who live with foster carers, to those who come forward to care for them.
People interested in Fostering for Wolverhampton are invited to join one of the online events taking place next month.
These are on Thursday 3 February, Tuesday 8 February, Thursday 17 February and Thursday 3 March. Each event begins at 6.30pm and offers an opportunity to find out more about this rewarding career, including the support and financial benefits on offer, and the chance to speak directly to existing foster carers.
For more information, please visit Fostering Events. Meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Foster families are helping give hundreds of children in Wolverhampton the best possible start in life by offering them a supportive environment in a loving home.
“And, while we already have many brilliant foster carers in Wolverhampton, the reality is that we always need more people to open their homes and their hearts to fostering.
“Fostering can truly be a life changing experience, both for foster carers and the young person they care for. Watch our latest inspirational film and book on to one of our online events; 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.”
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.