A hard-hitting campaign’s been launched by Northamptonshire County Council to raise awareness of the growing demand for foster carers in the county.
There are currently 900 looked after children in Northamptonshire and the county council is hoping to encourage more people to consider fostering a child with a new recruitment campaign.
The campaign involves a video which has already been viewed over 6,000 times on social media and which features real messages from children in care talking about what they are looking for in a family.
The quotes include I want a dad who will take me on adventures , I want to be able to live with my sister so we can look after each other and I want a family who accept me for who I am .
The children are played by young actors from the Open Stage theatre group based in Northampton and by volunteers.
Councillor Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for families and education, told Connect FM: “For children in care, it s the little things that make a big difference, whether that s having dinner together as a family, going to the park or simply having someone to talk to.
“We hope this video will have a real impact as it comes from the voice of the child. The children in our care need a stable, loving home and they deserve the same opportunity to have a family life as every other child.
“I would encourage anyone who thinks they have what it takes to become a foster carer for Northamptonshire County Council to contact our fostering team to find out more.”
To find out more about becoming a foster carer call 0300 126 1009 or click HERE