Fostering services from 15 local councils including Walsall Council, as well as Trusts across the Midlands, have been working in collaboration to produce a new film ‘There was a boy’.
The film 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.
‘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 ‘Giants’ film, which was nominated for Royal Television Society and the Public Sector Communications Awards.
The three-minute film is both hard hitting and ultimately uplifting as it tells the story of Daniel and the two possible courses his life can take. The two alternative realities are one with the benefit of foster carers and one without; one life with possibilities, one without.
Sally Rowe, Director of Children’s Services at Walsall Council said:
“The film shows so well how fostering can turn a teenager’s life around for the best; I’m really proud of our involvement in it. If you’ve ever wondered about fostering, please do see this short film and contact our fostering team if you’d like an informal chat.”
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.”
“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.”
If you would like to find out more, please find the team on Facebook/FosteringInWalsall or Twitter @FosteringWalsal, or call 0800 923 3706 for details of upcoming drop-in information events.