Lichfield youngster stars in fostering DVD

Joshua Hawkins (second from left) with some of the stars and organisers of the DVD

Joshua Hawkins (second from left) with some of the stars and organisers of the DVD

A Lichfield youngster is among a group of children whose families foster young people across the county who have launched a DVD to encourage others to do the same.

Joshua Hawkins is one of seven youngsters who star in the short film. All of the stars are the biological children of parents who foster children in Staffordshire.

The DVD, entitled Sons and Daughters Our Thoughts 2010, was produced with the support of media students from Stafford College and gives an insight into what it’s like for the biological children of parents who offer foster homes to other children. It addresses issues such as sharing toys and possessions and dealing with feelings when a foster brother or sister moves on.

The film will be used by the county council’s Fostering and Adoption Service to give potential foster carers and their children a first hand account of what fostering means for the whole family.

Deputy County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Ian Parry said:

“The county council’s Family Placement Team provide safety and security for around 380 children and young people every year by finding them foster families. The biological children of foster parents play a huge role in making any foster placement a success and I hope that the enthusiasm of our young film stars encourages others to consider offering a home to a child who needs one.”

To find out more about fostering a child in Staffordshire, call 0800 169 2061 or go to www.care4child.org.uk.

A group of children whose families foster young people across the county are launching a DVD to encourage others to do the same.

On Monday 15th February, the seven youngsters who star in the short film, each of whom are the biological children of parents who foster children in Staffordshire, will reveal their handiwork at a launch event hosted at County Buildings in Martin Street, Stafford.

The DVD, entitled Sons and Daughters ‘Our Thoughts’ 2010, was produced with the support of media students from Stafford College and gives an insight into what it’s like for the biological children of parents who offer foster homes to other children. It addresses issues such as sharing toys and possessions and dealing with feelings when a foster brother or sister moves on.

After the launch, the DVD will be used by the county council’s Fostering and Adoption Service to give potential foster carers and their children a first hand account of what fostering means for the whole family.

Deputy County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Ian Parry said: “The county council’s Family Placement Team provide safety and security for around 380 children and young people every year by finding them foster families. The biological children of foster parents play a huge role in making any foster placement a success and I hope that the enthusiasm of our young film stars encourages others to consider offering a home to a child who needs one.”

To find out more about fostering a child in Staffordshire, call 0800 169 2061 or go to www.care4child.org.uk.

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