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Fostering film gets the Hollywood treatment

A new short film focusing on the need for foster carers to work with Looked After young people has got the red-carpet treatment as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

‘There was a Boy’ will promote foster care across the region and is the second film produced through the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum.

The three-minute film focuses on the need to help at risk teenagers.  It tells the story of Daniel and the two possible courses his life can take. Two alternative realities, one with the benefit of foster carers and one without. One life with possibilities, one without.

Philip White, Cabinet Support Member for Learning and Employability at Staffordshire County Council said:

“This is a wonderful short film that really shows the positive difference that fostering can make to teenagers lives.  It’s fairly hard hitting but uplifting and we hope it will help get the conversation around fostering started.

“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 with the team.  I would also encourage people to watch the film and share it with their friends.”

Fostering services from 16 local councils and Trusts across the Midlands worked in collaboration to produce the film.  It was launched on Monday 14 May, at the Everyman cinema in Birmingham. The premiere marked the beginning of The Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight, the UK’s biggest foster care recruitment campaign which runs from 14 – 27 May.

Chief executive of the Fostering Network, Kevin Williams said:

“There are thousands of fantastic foster carers from every walk of life who are proud to foster – but there is a need for more people who think they might have the skills and experience to foster to come forward.

“There is a particular need for people to foster teenagers, so anything that can be done to raise awareness of this is to be welcomed. It’s a credit to each of the councils and Trusts involved in this film that they have come together to collaborate on such a high-quality film that clearly conveys both the impact that foster carers can have and the urgent need for more foster families across the Midlands.”

People can find out more about fostering with Staffordshire County Council at https://www.care4child.org/gottime or by calling 08001692061.