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Have you got what it takes to foster?

Wolverhampton City Council is launching an innovative campaign to find foster parents for 70 local children.

Spearheaded by Wolverhampton Fostering Service, the campaign demonstrates that people of all backgrounds have ‘got what it takes’ to foster children by featuring the experiences of five carers.

On the face of it, Nobi and Kelly, Dawn, James, Sudesh and Mandy – who all feature in the campaign posters – defy foster carer stereotypes.  The one thing that unites them with the 200 plus foster carers across the city is their commitment to the children they care for.

Through the campaign, the council aims to tackle some of the myths that might be preventing more people from coming forward to foster children. People of all ages and backgrounds can do a brilliant job.  You can foster at any age between 25 and 60.  You don’t need to be in a relationship or married.  You can be in a same sex relationship.  You can be from any ethnic group.  You don’t have to own your own home – and you don’t have to give up work.

As the campaign shows, there are only three qualifications for the job: a commitment to keeping children safe, a spare room – and a little love in your heart.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer can find out more at a special information event being held on Wednesday 22 May, 2013, where they will be able to speak to existing foster families about their experiences. Members of the Fostering Team will also be on hand to talk about the role.

The event takes place at Bushbury Triangle Children’s Centre, Stanley Road, Bushbury, between 9.30am and 9pm, and refreshments and a crèche are also available. Places in the crèche should be booked in advance.

Alternatively, people can find out more about by calling the Fostering Team on 01902 551133 or by logging on towww.wolverhampton.gov.uk/fostering.

 

 

Find out more about Foster Care Fortnight by visiting www.fostering.net/could-you-foster.

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