Fostering video highlights joy of family life

Wakefield Council is appealing to residents to understand the reality of fostering on family life – to encourage more people to consider becoming foster carers.

Wakefield Council has commissioned Sam Teale Productions to create a video that showcases normal family life scenes alongside voice overs of people giving their account of family life, but only at the end it is revealed that the people featured are foster carers and their respective families.

It is hoped by highlighting how fostering involves the same experiences and emotions as other family types, less people will ‘self-opt’ out of fostering. It shows that becoming a foster carer simply provides a positive expansion to their family life, whilst making a real difference to the lives of local children by providing them with a caring, safe, and stable environment.

The video features some of the Council’s own foster carers, Julie and Kevin Manson and Penny Slater, who have all been foster carers for Wakefield for over 10 years. Both households have also fostered children alongside raising their own biological children.

Margaret Isherwood smiling
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Izzy, Penny’s biological daughter who also features in the video, said of growing up with fostering: “It’s the best thing in the world. It really is.”

Julie added: “It’s brilliant when you see them bonding and spending time together, and playing, laughing, happy.”

The video was shared on Wakefield Council Fostering Facebook page and across the Council’s social media channels on Friday 15 October.

To watch the video visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH4ZL3OXmLw

Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Foster carers make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people, and our communities.

“Being a foster carer provides a home for a child or young person, whether that be in the long or short term, or emergency care, and provides invaluable love and stability.

“If you are drawn towards caring for others and have been thinking about becoming a foster carer please get in touch with us. Our fostering team are here to support you every step of the way.”

Anyone over the age of 21, whatever their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background, or whether or not they have children, can become a foster carer.

Specific qualifications or experience isn’t required, and support and training will be provided.

To find out more about fostering, and make the step to enquiring, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/fostering

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