The Fostering for Wolverhampton team will be at various locations in and around the city over the next month and are looking forward to offering advice and guidance to individuals and couples who are thinking of fostering.
The drop in sessions are as follows:
- Friday 30 September
Venue: WV Active Aldersley café (Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW)
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
- Saturday 15 October
Venue: K Teas Cakes (4 St. Georges Parade, Wolverhampton, WV2 1BA)
Time: 1pm to 3pm
- Thursday 26 October
Venue: Morrisons Café, Bilston (Bankfield Road, Wolverhampton, Bilston, WV14 0EE)
Time: 10am to 12pm / 2pm to 4pm
Those interested can also learn about the fostering process from the comfort of their own home by booking onto one of our online information events:
- Wednesday 28 September (6:30pm to 7:30pm)
- Wednesday 5 October (6:30pm to 7:30pm)
- Thursday 20 October (6:30pm - 7:30pm)
Each event, lasting no more than an hour, will offer 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 carers and find out first hand what it is like to be a foster carer.
Fostering for Wolverhampton seek foster parents from a wide range of backgrounds, professions, and ethnic groups. Foster parents must live within a 20 mile radius of Wolverhampton, have a spare bedroom, and have room in their heart to look after our most vulnerable children and young people.
The fostering process can take as little as 16 weeks and all foster parents will receive specialist support and training as well as a regular, tax exempt fee and allowance to cover the cost of bringing up the child. Fees and allowances start from £383 to £440 per week depending on the child’s age.
Around the clock help and support is available for our foster carers, with a ‘buddy system’ in place from our experienced foster parents to help newcomers along their fostering journey.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We have many highly committed and dedicated residents in Wolverhampton who provide the best care for our most vulnerable children and young people, but we have more youngsters who are looking for a permanent foster home.
“Fostering can truly be a life changing experience, both for foster carers and the young person they care for, and 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.”
Raychel and Rajiv, Foster Parents with Fostering for Wolverhampton, said: “After both experiencing things within our own childhoods, we felt we wanted to give children a safe environment to grow up in. We both have a lot to give and believe we can offer a child as many opportunities as possible to allow them to experience a loving and fulfilling childhood.
“The support we have received since becoming foster parents is invaluable. To have people with so much experience guiding us through the process is something you cannot put a price on.”
For more details, people are invited to attend one of the drop in sessions being held. Alternatively, please visit Fostering Events to book onto our online sessions or call 01902 551133.