The Fostering for Wolverhampton team will be celebrating LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week 2022, beginning on Wednesday (2 March), and want to hear from people who are LGBT+ and interested in becoming foster parents. Fostering for Wolverhampton welcomes LGBT+ potential parents and will support their application to foster. People can find out more at an online information event, the next of which takes place on Thursday 3 March at 6.30pm.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “There is no such thing as a typical foster carer. We welcome applications from people of any sexuality, race, or religion.
“You don’t have to be married or have a partner either; we have lots of excellent single foster carers. What matters is that you can open your hearts and your home to a child who hasn’t had the best start in life and make a real difference to their future.”
Paul and Michael, who are also foster carers with Fostering for Wolverhampton, are also sharing their story. They said: “We chose to foster because we could offer a young person a loving, safe environment.
“We enjoy a stable, caring relationship and want to have our own family to nurture and see them grow and have the best future that they can. Our first foster placement, a sibling group of three under the age of six, came unexpectedly and despite being a huge challenge we made a big, positive difference to the lives of these three young people.
“Our advice to anyone thinking of fostering is to go ahead and do it. It is a journey, but there’s lots of support and training and it’s one of the most rewarding things we as a couple have done.”
LGBT+ Fostering & Adoption Week 2022 runs from Wednesday March 2 to Tuesday March 8.