Foster carers and children of families who foster are being encouraged to attend an event in support of Foster Care Fortnight.
The event , held at Westport Lake Visitor Centre on the 13–26 May, will have a walking challenge where foster families walk 860 miles in two weeks.
Each mile will represent every child in the city.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness for children in need of fostering and to highlight the importance of foster parents.
This event comes after a new film was launched by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and 13 local authorities across west and east midlands to raise awareness of the importance of fostering.
The film is named ‘Truth be told’ and highlights the ‘highs and lows of fostering’ whilst reflecting true stories of two sets of children and their foster carers.
The film allows viewers to understand the intensively difficult situations that some young people have to endure but also shoes the journey foster children go on and the love, support and progress they receive.
The film was launched in Dudley on the 28th of March with guest speakers including Kevin Williams, the chief executive of The Fostering Network.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of Fostering Network said: “Good foster carers can transform the lives of the children living with them. That’s something remarkable that is happening every day in thousands of homes across the UK.
“Being a foster carer can be extremely rewarding when you see the difference that you are making. But it can also be incredibly challenging.
“This new film clearly shows both sides of fostering. The complexities and the joys. It’s also important to do so in order to attract the right people with the relevant skills and experience to come forward to foster.
“Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career. With a range of fostering options, comprehensive training, guidance and the team is keen to hear from anyone who would be interested.
A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said:
“We are committed to ensuring that our city’s young people get the best possible start. Life with children always has its challenges and when you’re dealing with children who have been through real hardship, trauma or neglect then it can be harder still.
“Foster carers are extraordinary people who welcome vulnerable youngsters into their lives and they do an amazing job.
“The work that they do has been put into focus through our recent Ofsted inspection. We are investing heavily to make significant and swift improvements to the service and many of these changes are already under way.
“We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible service and support for our foster carers and our children.
“This incredibly moving short film shows fostering in an honest light highlighting the difficulties but also how rewarding it can be.
“We hope it will inspire people to get in touch and become part of the Stoke-on-Trent fostering family.”
The film ‘truth be told fostering’ can be found on online on the Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Youtube page.