Interested in becoming a foster carer? Then the Fostering for Wolverhampton team would like to hear from you.
The team will be holding an information evening at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday (2 July) from 6.30pm until 8pm, offering an opportunity to find out more about this rewarding career – including the support and financial benefits available – and speak with current foster carers about their experiences.
Foster families are helping to give hundreds of children in Wolverhampton the best possible start in life by offering them a supportive environment in a loving home.
But more foster carers are urgently needed as there are currently dozens of children waiting for a home, and the Fostering for Wolverhampton team are keen to hear from individuals and couples who want to make a difference to a local child.
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 six months' “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.
Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, 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 carer for Wolverhampton is all about.
“We are very lucky to have so many dedicated foster carers here in our city 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. 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.”
As well as Tuesday evening’s event, people can also visit www.fosteringforwolverhampton.com or call 01902 551133 for more information.