Together we can give children a childhood

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Surrey County Council's Fostering team are excited to launch their new short film 'Childhood', created in collaboration with 56 Local Authorities across England.

The story follows Sophie and her younger brother Charlie, who are trying their best to have a childhood while living in a difficult situation where there are no adults around to meet their needs.

The new film highlights the impact of neglect on children, particularly brothers and sisters who may be left at times to try and care for each other. The film also highlights the positive impact that foster carers can have, as we see Sophie and Charlie being nurtured and supported through foster care to attend school and enjoy their hobbies. In other words, foster care enables them to have a childhood.

With this film, we hope to reach people who may be interested in becoming foster carers, and could provide nurturing, positive homes for children and young people across the country who need them.

Busting myths about fostering

It is often thought that you need to own your home or be married to foster, but that isn't true. Foster carers can be married, single, co-habiting, in a civil partnership or divorced, and you can rent or own your home.

You don't need to have any specific qualifications to be a foster carer, and you don't need to have children of your own. What's important is that you can support, nurture and care for children who cannot live with their own families.

Could you be a foster carer?

Sinead Mooney, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said "We have a critical need for more foster carers in Surrey, and we are calling on people to open their hearts and homes, to make sure that Surrey's children can be cared for in their local community.

"Fostering really can make a huge difference to children and young people, and we offer a strong carer network as a local authority, so I encourage people to find out more."

If you're interested in learning more about fostering, visit our fostering webpages today.

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