A brand new documentary on BBC 2 last night took a candid look at the workings of a foster parent’s home over the course of a year.
‘Protecting Our Foster Kids’ followed Dorset County Council’s fostering service over the course of a year to witness the intimate day-to-day work foster parents and other professionals undertake, while helping the lives of looked after children.
The first episode in the series which aired last night featured Amy, a fourteen year-old who has been living in foster homes since she was ten. Three months ago she moved in with foster parents Steph and Chris and their family. Also being her fourth placement.
Last night’s episode showed the breakdown of a placement of a teenage girl with foster parents, has provoked discussion.
Cllr Toni Coombs, the council’s Cabinet member for children and young people said:
“Fostering teenagers and siblings is rewarding but it doesn’t come without challenges. Although we hope to keep siblings together in a foster placement, as last night’s programme showed, this might not always be in the children’s best interests.
“We need more [foster parents] to come forward who can provide the stability and boundaries to keep a teenager safe but also help them find their feet and encourage them to be the person they could be.”
In case you missed it, the first episode featuring Amy and Natalie is available on the BBC iPlayer.
Episode two will be aired next Sunday 14 June at 10pm on BBC Two and follows four-month-old Jesse from when he comes into emergency foster care, up until his first birthday.