Lambeth’s foster carers will this week feature in a BBC documentary about celebrity chef Lorraine Pascale’s early life in the care system.
“Fostering and Me”, to be shown on BBC Two on Thursday [19 June], will trace the former model’s personal story and the impact fostering had on her life. And foster carers, fostered children and social workers from Lambeth help Lorraine to put together an “insider’s guide” to foster care in the UK today.
The author and broadcaster was first fostered after she had been given up at birth. She was then adopted at 18 months old and fostered again, aged eight, when her adoptive family broke down.
She hopes the documentary will tackle a growing crisis in foster care, by encouraging more families to open their doors to children in need of a home.
Lorraine said: “The film is about my experience in care and the impact fostering had on my life. But it is also an attempt to show how vital fostering is to the lives of so many young people today.
“There are thousands of children across the UK looking for homes, but there is a huge shortfall in the number of foster families. I hope the programme encourages more people to put themselves forward as potential foster parents.”
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, Lambeth Council Cabinet member for Children & Adult Services, said: “We were pleased to contribute to the programme and to show the good work our staff and foster carers do.
“We are all grateful that Lorraine has told her compelling personal story, and we hope that it will build greater awareness of fostering and adoption.
“Lambeth Borough Council wants to provide the best possible start in life for every Lambeth child and we need more people, from all backgrounds, to become foster carers.”
Lorraine Pascale was born in Hackney in 1972. In the new film, she tracked down the foster carers who looked after her as a child, who she hasn’t seen for over 30 years.
But the film also interwove Lorraine’s own story with an examination of present-day fostering. The extraordinary access to Lambeth Council Social Services enabled her to meet people at every stage of the fostering process – from social workers and foster carers past and present, to the children and young people currently in care.
Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director of Commissioning at Lambeth Council, said: “We were delighted to help out by participating in this film and are so very grateful to the many foster carers and children in their care for taking part.
“It is our hope that through showing what a positive force fostering can be, for both children and their carers, we encourage more people to come forward to fill the desperate need for more foster carers in the borough.”
“Fostering & Me” with Lorraine Pascale will be broadcast on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday, 19 June.
Anyone interested in fostering in Lambeth can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details are available here: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/social-support-and-health/adoption-and-fostering/adoption-and-fostering-guide#fostering-
Lorraine Pascale is the celebrity patron of The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT), the largest charity providing fostering and adoption services across the United Kingdom.
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