A new film launch focusing on the need for foster carers to work with Looked After young people received the red-carpet treatment in Birmingham as part of the launch of Foster Care Fortnight.
Fostering services from 16 local councils and Trusts across the Midlands have been working in collaboration to produce a new film ‘There Was A Boy’.
The film 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.
The Fostering Network's chief executive 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. t
‘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.’
Worcestershire County Council have been an active partner in the project.
Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families – Councillor Andy Roberts said of the project:
“This film is a really great way of showcasing why we need more people to step forward as foster carers. It is also another really poignant reminder of the huge impact being a foster carer can have on changing children’s lives for the better by providing much-needed support and stability. Entering into fostering isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, but can be an incredibly rewarding decision. ”
‘There Was A Boy’ is the second film produced through the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum, to promote foster care across the region and focuses on the need to help at risk teenagers, following last year’s RTS Award nominated ‘Giants’.
The three-minute film is both hard hitting and ultimately uplifting as it tells the story of Dan 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.
By working in partnership an extremely high-quality film, has been made at a very low cost to each participant, which will be used by each of the partners to promote fostering in their local area.
For more information, and to watch the film, visit http://www.worcestershirefostering.co.uk/therewasaboy