Children in care have helped produce a short, animated film focussing on their memories of the little things foster carers have done that have made a big impact on their lives.
The work is part of a campaign by Leicestershire County Council to recruit foster carers for teenagers and older children.
The video includes memories which include foster carers taking them for their first haircut, on their first holiday abroad, to get their first pair of glasses, helping them unlock their confidence and even burning their baked beans!
Over half of Leicestershire’s children in care are aged between ten and 17 years old. However, the number of foster carers approved to care for teenagers is low.
It’s hoped that this video will encourage more kind-hearted people who feel they have the life experience and skills to support teenagers to step forward and find out about fostering.
We are immensely proud of the work our young people have put in, with the hope of recruiting more foster carers for teenagers just like them.Person:Deborah Taylor, cabinet member for children and families
“Leicestershire’s children in care need local foster families to offer them a safe and supportive home in a familiar area during their time in care.
“The film just goes to show that you don’t need to be an expert to be a good foster carer. I’d encourage anyone who has love and support to offer to watch the video and get in touch to find out more about how the little things can make all the difference.
Leicestershire County Council hopes to recruit mainstream foster carers and supported lodgings providers for teenagers, as well as specialist foster carers to care for some of Leicestershire’s most vulnerable young people.
Foster carers must be over the age of 21 and have a spare room in their home. If you could make a difference to a teenager in care, please contact the fostering team on 0116 305 05 05 or send us an email
More information is available about fostering with the council