Northumberland County Council launch fostering push with tear-jerking video

The council are hoping to encourage more carers with the campaign.

Northumberland County Council has joined a national drive to recruit more foster carers with the release of a short film.

The film, called 'Out There', puts a spotlight on the benefits fostering can bring both to the young people and the carers involved.

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The video sees the paths of a frustrated man and struggling teenager cross and rekindle their purpose, using the line "the best of you is still out there".

Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services, said: “Sadly, there is still a great need for foster carers in our county and across the country.

“We are very fortunate to have many wonderful people who foster in the North East of England and they are supported by fantastic teams. "Together they are making a real difference to many lives, but more needs to be done.

"I urge residents in Northumberland to help us share this inspiring film across their social media channels and in their communities to help us get the message out there - showing what the many benefits of fostering are and how they too could help children and young people grow up in safe and nurturing homes.”

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The nationwide push has been backed by more than 30 local authorities across England.

Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Children’s Services, said: “We are so pleased to be a part of this national campaign to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers and the importance it plays in so many children and young people’s lives.

"The collaborative approach really demonstrates the progressive, creative thinking in local councils today.

“This film is both beautiful and poignant and captures many of the thoughts and emotions that are felt across the country currently, particularly as many people have reflected during the pandemic about their life choices and the importance of community support."

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