Truth Be Told briefly but honestly captures the highs and lows of fostering. Life with children and young people is always full of challenges, but for those who have been through difficult life situations, the complexities and needs can be even more intense.
The 5 minute film explores the world of teenager Carl and his carer and 2 young sisters, Toni and Leah, who are cared for by a same-sex couple. This small snapshot into their lives gives a hint of their history and the reality of being a foster carer.
But more importantly it looks at the great connection, personal progress and depth of love that can come when supporting someone through adversity. The fostering story may begin with a hello, but that’s just the beginning of a rich, complex and ultimately rewarding journey.
This is the third film that the collective fostering services have produced to promote fostering and find new carers. While it features actors, the stories are those of real foster carers.
The film will launch at the Odeon, Dudley, tomorrow (Thursday 28 March) with invited guests, specialist speakers and foster carers who will be talking about their experiences.
Guest speakers include Kevin Williams, Chief Executive of The Fostering Network, Alison Hinds, Head of Children and Young People in Care at the City of Wolverhampton Council, Martin Samuels, Strategic Director for People Services at Dudley Council, and Sarah Norman, the Chief Executive of Dudley Council. There will also be a short question and answer session with foster carers talking about their experiences of fostering.
Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Children's Services, said: “This is an extremely moving film and really helps to get across the urgent need we have for people to come forward as foster carers.
“Fostering can be a challenge and sometimes it’s really tough. The film does not hide from this, but it also shows how foster care can impact on a child’s or young person’s future and literally change a life.
“Truth Be Told is an honest, emotional and inspirational film and really captures the essence of fostering. We hope that that people watching the film feel inspired to get in touch and become part of Fostering for Wolverhampton.”
Kevin Williams added: "Good foster carers can transform the lives of the children living with them. That’s something remarkable which is happening every day in thousands of homes across the UK.
"This film demonstrates what a vital role foster carers play in the lives of children. There is a real need for more foster carers like those shown in the film, and I would urge anyone who is up for the challenge to pick up the phone today.”
Fostering for Wolverhampton is keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a foster carer. People can find out more about fostering and future drop-in sessions by visiting Fostering for Wolverhampton or by calling 01902 551133.
Following the launch, Truth Be Told will be available to be viewed at Fostering for Wolverhampton or by searching for "Fostering for Wolves" on Facebook.