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People in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to give local children the best possible start in life - by becoming foster carers.

Monday (16 May) marks the start of 2016 Foster Care Fortnight, the UK's biggest foster carer recruitment campaign, and members of the City of Wolverhampton Council's Fostering Team will be out and about over the next two weeks offering advice to anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer.

There are currently dozens of youngsters in Wolverhampton waiting for a foster home and the Fostering Team is keen to hear from people who want to find out more about this vital role.

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. 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 of "buddy support" from experienced foster carers who are there to befriend and guide them through the system. Supervising social workers will provide intensive support for the first six weeks of a placement and then every month after that.

People can find out more about fostering in Wolverhampton by attending one of the many drop in sessions taking place around the city over the next couple of weeks in the fostering for Wolverhampton red bus. They include:

Monday 16th May:

  • 10am-3pm: Queen Square, City Centre.
  • 6.30pm-8pm: Molineux Stadium information evening

Tuesday 17th May:

  • 10am-3pm: Wolverhampton Central Library
  • 9am-3pm: Wolverhampton Market 

Wednesday 18th May: 

  • 10am-11.30am: Molineux Stadium coffee morning 
  • 12.30pm-4pm: WV Active – Bilston Bert Williams   

 Thursday 19th May: 

  • 9.30am–4pm: Aldi, off Birmingham Road
  • 3pm-7pm: WV Active - Aldersley

Friday 20th May: 

  • 9.30am-4pm: Waitrose, Penn Road

Saturday 21st May: 

  • 8.30am-4pm: Bentley Bridge

Monday 23rd May: 

  • 9am-3pm: Bilston Market
  • 9.30am-3pm: Tettenhall Village Green

Tuesday 24th May: 

  • 9am-2pm: Wednesfield Market
  • 7pm-9.30pm: Shree Krishan Mandir

Wednesday 25th May: 

  • 8.30am–4pm: Sainsbury’s Wolverhampton
  • 4pm-7pm: Wolverhampton Central Library 

Thursday 26th May: 

  • 9.30am–4pm: ASDA Wolverhampton
  • 9.30am–4pm: WV Active – Bilston Bert Williams

Friday 27th May: 

  • 9am-3.30pm: Bentley Bridge
  • 10am-3pm: Wolverhampton Civic Centre

Saturday 28th May:

  • 10am-5pm  Birmingham Pride


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