An evocative short film highlighting the transformative difference fostering can make to the lives of troubled teenagers premiered today (14 May), at the start of 2018s Foster Care Fortnight.
Cllr Pat Seaman, incoming Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, attended the premiere of the film and emphasised the importance of raising awareness of the different forms fostering can take. She said:
“Fostering makes a huge difference in the life of a child, and it is crucial for the teenagers in care that we provide them with safe, supportive positive placements which can help them journey through their teenage years and onto positive paths for their future.
“This film powerfully demonstrates just how important foster carers are and I am sure it will inspire people across Coventry to come forward and explore how, by working together with our dedicated support teams, they could provide a home for a teenager in need of a place that will enable them to reach their full potential.”
‘There was a Boy’ is the latest fostering film produced by ReelTwentyFive in collaboration with the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum.
Chief Executive Officer of the Fostering Network, Kevin Williams, praised the film’s message, saying: “‘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.”
16 Local Authorities in the West Midlands collaborated to produce the short film, which tells the hard-hitting story of a teenage boy in need in parallel with his life under the care of foster parents.
The unique piece, which is now being widely shared across social media in the region, aims to raise awareness of the need for foster carers for older children and the impact placements can make.
Foster Care fortnight takes place from 14 May – 29 May, and marks the launch of both the fostering film and a new therapeutic fostering scheme for Coventry, which is seeking to recruit eight households in the city to provide intensive support to young people.
To find out more about fostering for Coventry, and to view the film, visit http://www.coventry.gov.uk/fostering
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