A new short film focusing on the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire and the difference they make to children’s lives has been released.
‘truth be told’, will promote foster care across the region and looks at the true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers and captures the highs and lows of daily life.
The five-minute film explores the world of teenager Carl and his carer and two young sisters, Toni and Leah cared for by a same-sex couple. This small snapshot into their lives gives a hint of their history and the reality of being a foster carer.
But more importantly it looks at the great connection, personal progress and depth of love that can come when supporting someone through adversity.
Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Staffordshire County Council said:
“This is a wonderfully short film that highlights the important role that foster carers play in supporting children to settle into their new home and flourish. The story may begin with a hello, but that’s just the beginning of a rich, complex and ultimately rewarding journey.
“We do have an urgent need for more foster carers here in Staffordshire and the new film gives us the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the issue.
“As a Staffordshire Foster Carer you’ll get all the training and on-going support you need to make a real difference and change a life. So, if it’s something you’re considering then please get in touch with the team and remember to share the film with your friends.”
In Staffordshire, the fostering service is keen to hear from anyone interested in fostering but in particular from those who would like to care for teenagers, children with disabilities or siblings.
Talking about the film, Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said:
“Good foster carers can transform the lives of the children living with them. That’s something remarkable that is happening every day in thousands of homes across the UK.
“This film demonstrates what a vital role foster carers play in the lives of children. There is a real need for more foster carers like those shown in the film, and I would urge anyone who is up for the challenge to pick up the phone today.”
‘truth be told’ is the third short film produced through the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum which includes Staffordshire County Council.
The film was premiered at the Odeon cinema, Dudley on Thursday 28 March with invited guests, specialist speakers and foster carers talking about their experiences.
People can find out more about fostering with Staffordshire County Council and forthcoming information evenings at http://www.care4child.org/fostering or by calling 0800 169 2061.