"The best thing about fostering" is the theme of a new campaign encouraging people in Wolverhampton to take on this life changing role.

The campaign launches next week with a roadshow at which people interested in becoming foster carers can find out more about what it entails.

There are lots of reasons why people decide to foster a child, and the new campaign highlights some of the real life experiences of carers in Wolverhampton.

When asked what was the best thing about fostering, one carer said it was seeing her foster child "blossom into a lovely little boy", while another said it was "seeing their confidence increase and their behaviour improve at school".

One foster carer said the best thing about fostering was "that these children have been able to experience a loving, supportive family environment" while another said it had "made us go back to our family values."

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "More than 200 people in Wolverhampton are already fostering local children, but we need more and this new campaign highlights some of the best things about being a foster carer.

"Foster carers can be single, married or in a relationship and help and support is available 24 hours a day. Placements can be anything from a few days to a number of years, and they receive a regular, tax exempt allowance to cover the cost of bringing up the child.

"Our foster carers receive 6 months' support from experienced carers who will guide them through the system, and we also provide intensive support for the first six weeks of a placement and every month thereafter.

"Our Fostering for Wolverhampton team will be at various locations in and around the city over the next few days to meeting people who want to find out more, and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of taking on this life changing role to speak to them as soon as possible."

The Fostering for Wolverhampton team will be holding drop in sessions at the following locations:

  • Mayoral Suite, Civic Centre, Wolverhampton, Monday 26 September, 10am to 2pm
  • Wolverhampton Market, Market Square, Tuesday 27 September, 8.30am to 3pm
  • Molineux Stadium (Suite 20), Wednesday 28 September, 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Aldi, Birmingham Road, Wolverhampton, Thursday 29 September, 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • WV Active Aldersley, Thursday 29 September, 4.30pm to 7pm
  • Waitrose, Penn Road, Friday 30 September, 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Bentley Bridge Retail Park, Wednesfield, Saturday 1 October, 8.30am to 4pm

In addition, the team will be at The Range, Willenhall, from 10am to 3pm every day from Monday 26 September to Saturday 1 October.

For more information about fostering for Wolverhampton, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7567;Title=Fostering;Target=_blank;, call 01902 551133 or search Fostering for Wolves on Facebook.

  • released: Wednesday 21 September, 2016