Foster carers from across Staffordshire gathered for the screening of a new short film highlighting the urgent need for more foster families.
‘Giants’ is a three-minute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie, a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care.
Staffordshire’s foster carers along with staff got the chance to watch the film for the first time at County Buildings in Stafford on Tuesday 9 May.
The film launch has been timed to coincide with Foster Care Fortnight, the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign, which started on Monday, May 8.
Staffordshire County Council is one of 13 local authorities that worked together with Reel Twenty Five to produce the film.
Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children, at Staffordshire County Council said:
“This is an extremely moving film that we hope will encourage more people to come forward as foster carers, especially those who can help to keep brothers and sisters together.
“We do have an urgent need for more foster carers in Staffordshire and the new film and Foster Care Fortnight gives us the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the issue. If fostering is something you’re considering then please get in touch or come along to one of our events and hear first-hand from real foster carers what a rewarding thing it is to do.”
Teana Henry from Stone specialises in fostering sibling groups and said:
“I’ve been fostering for eight years now and have loved every minute of it. I think it’s important that siblings stay together and it’s fabulous to watch them grow up together.
“Fostering is something that will change your life and if you are thinking about it then I would encourage you to get in touch and take that first step.”
Sally Hayward from Uttoxeter also specialises in looking after sibling groups and said:
“Fostering a child is really rewarding but when you have brothers and sisters growing up together it can be even more special. “It’s challenging getting them ready for school in the morning but it’s great fun.
The theme of ‘giants’ was devised to depict people who act as role models to young people in care such as their foster carers and teachers, and to highlight the strong bond between siblings as they care for each other in life and become ‘giants’ to each other.
‘Giants’ is available to view online at https://youtu.be/TiVfMaLnCO4
Anyone interested in becoming a foster carer with Staffordshire County Council can find out more at www.care4child.org, or by calling 0800 169 2061. People can also sign up for the Fostering service’s new e-newsletter on the website.