Foster Care Fortnight continues this week with members of the Fostering for Wolverhampton team out and about in the City once again to meet with individuals and couples who are thinking of fostering.
Foster Care Fortnight is the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. People interested in becoming foster carers can speak to members of the Fostering for Wolverhampton team at the following locations:
- Monday 15 May, 9.30am to 3pm – Aldi, Goldthorn Hill
- Tuesday 16 May, 9.30am to 3pm – Sainsbury’s, Perton
- Tuesday 16 May, 2pm to 6.30pm – Wolverhampton Central Library
- Wednesday 17 May, 9.30am to 3pm – St John’s Retail Park
- Thursday 18 May, 9.30am to 3pm – Sainsbury’s, Wolverhampton
- Thursday 18 May, 6.30pm to 8pm – Molineux Stadium, Suite 20
- Friday 19 May, 9.30am to 3pm – Bentley Bridge Retail Park, near Boots
- Saturday 20 May, 10am to 3pm – Queen Square, Wolverhampton.
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.
The council’s foster carers receive six months’ support from experienced foster carers who will guide them through the system, while supervising social workers provide intensive support for the first six weeks of a placement and then every month thereafter.
Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Service Director for Children and Young People, said: “More than 200 people currently foster local children, but we are always looking for more and hope to recruit at least 30 additional carers this year.
“The Fostering for Wolverhampton team are using Foster Care Fortnight to meet people who want to become foster carers, or just want to know a little more about what being a foster carer entails.”
If you are unable to attend one of the drop-in sessions this week, you can find out more about fostering by visiting www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/fostering, calling 01902 551133, or search Fostering for Wolves on Facebook.