Fostering film gets the Hollywood treatment

A new film encouraging people to think about foster care will be getting the red-carpet treatment in Birmingham as part of the launch of Foster Care Fortnight.

Fostering services from 15 local councils and Trusts across the Midlands have been working in collaboration to produce a new film ‘There Was A Boy’. The film will be launched on Monday 14 May, at the Everyman cinema in Birmingham. The premiere will mark 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.

‘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.’

I would urge everyone to watch the film, think about what it’s saying and share it with your friends, family and colleagues. Let’s really get the conversation going – what can you do to help?’

Warwickshire County Council Councillor Jeff Morgan and Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: ‘We are proud to work collaboratively with our regional partners to promote the benefits that fostering can bring to a looked after teenager’s life. This film will raise awareness of these benefits and ultimately attract new foster carers in the region.’

‘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 BAFTA nominated ‘Giants’.

The three-minute film is both hard hitting and uplifting as 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.

First, we see the outcome of Daniel being given a chance thanks to his foster carers and taking that opportunity. Then we see a troubled teenager who lacks, guidance and without that focus or motivation drifts into making the bad decisions that will ultimately have a massive impact on Daniel’s future.

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.

The film will be available to view online from midday on Monday 14th May. For more information, and to watch the film, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSxpmleFbvg www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fostering