Innovative film highlights need to foster siblings together

Published: Thursday, 18th May 2017

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has helped to produce an innovative film about the importance of siblings staying together while in foster care.

To mark Foster Care Fortnight (May 8-21), the council has teamed up with 12 other local authorities across the East and West Midlands to launch ‘Giants’.

This three-minute film tells the story of Jack and Ellie, siblings who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. Its aim is to highlight this common desire and encourage people who may be considering fostering to help to keep siblings together.

The idea behind its theme is that we all have someone we look up to – our giant – and often for a younger brother or sister this is their older sibling.

The city council currently has more than 600 children in its care, including sibling groups, and works to keep brothers and sisters together wherever possible. There are more than 270 foster families, but at least a further 30 households are needed this year to cope with the growing number of children in care as well as changes in circumstances to those who already foster.

The Giants project was led by Coventry City Council, which won the Film Convert Corporate Film award in 2015 for Alfie’s Journey, another fostering film also made by production company Reel Twenty Five.

Louise Rees, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s director of children and family services, said: “Giants is an incredibly emotional and powerful film which really does show the importance of keeping siblings together. We have an urgent need for more foster carers in the city, and have been looking at the best ways in which to recruit them.

“We worked very closely with our neighbouring local authorities to produce this film – creating a powerful and high quality product, at a low cost. Coventry City Council has seen excellent results from its previous film projects and we are confident that Giants will be just as successful.”

Giants can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8G0JgaJ-B2s

For more information about fostering in Stoke-on-Trent – including details of when recruitment events are being held – go to stoke.gov.uk/fostering or contact us via @stokefostering on social media. Alternatively the Stoke Fostering channel on YouTube has a range of videos through which you can learn more about the process, hear from our foster carers and discover what applicants can expect.