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Film launch focuses on teenagers in care

Video illustrates that foster carers can help to change the course of a youngster's life

The county and city councils have teamed up with 14 other local authorities across the Midlands to produce a short film around people finding a space in their lives to help teenagers in care.

'There Was A Boy' shows how receiving the support of foster carers can change the course of a young person's life - and illustrates how rewarding it can be for the foster carer knowing that they have made a difference.

To coincide with Foster Care Fortnight, which runs until  27th May, the three-minute film is now available on fostering websites in a drive for more people to step forward as potential foster carers.

Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families, said: “I've seen the film and it really endorses the message that some young people have reached a stage in their life which is critical in shaping the person they will go on to become. The collaborative working is a credit to all the partners involved.”

Councillor Sarah Russell, deputy city mayor for children and young people’s services at Leicester City Council, added: “This is a great example of how local authorities across the Midlands can work together. We all share the same need to find more foster families who can change the lives of our most vulnerable children.

"I would urge anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer to contact their local authority."

To find out more about fostering with Leicestershire County Council, visit www.fosteringleicestershire.com or call 0116 305 0505. 

An information event will be held from 6.15pm-8pm on Thursday (May 24) at County Hall in Glenfield for anyone who wants to find out more about fostering.

• For details of the city council's information evenings, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/fostering or call 0116 454 4500.
 

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