Parents who have seen their children fly the nest are being encouraged to become a foster carer.
Fostering for Wolverhampton says this stage in life could be an ideal opportunity for parents to consider fostering – turning “empty nest syndrome” into a positive experience by making a huge difference to a young person’s life.
In Wolverhampton, there are currently more than 700 children either in care or looking for a stable home, and Fostering for Wolverhampton is keen to hear from experienced parents who now have the time and space to open their home to a young person in need.
Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Becoming a foster carer takes resilience, patience and understanding – something that parents of older teenagers have in abundance.
“Although some parents view their children leaving home as a liberating time, many find it hard to suddenly have no dependents at home and to adjust to an empty home – this is why we’d urge people who may be experiencing so-called empty nest syndrome to consider fostering.
“Fostering can be a life-changing experience, both for the foster carers and the young person they care for. We'd love to hear from people who have a spare room and of course love in their heart and who want to help local children by fostering.”
Foster carers can be sole carers, 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 six months' “buddy support” from experienced foster carers who are there to befriend and guide them through the system.
People can find out more about Fostering for Wolverhampton by attending a special information evening in Suite 20, Molineux Stadium on Tuesday (6 October, 2015) from 7pm to 8.30pm. To book a place, please call the recruitment team on 01902 553041. Alternatively visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/fostering or call 01902 551133 for an informal chat.