Fostering & Adoption videos

Videos of children looking for a family

We have a great deal of experience producing videos of vulnerable children, and have made over 35 individual videos for ‘hard to place’ children in Durham.

These short videos feature individual children or sibling groups, all looking for permanent families.  The videos include the children’s current carers and, if appropriate, interviews with the children themselves.

The footage we film is edited to capture the character and spirit of the children and endorse aspects of their situation.  Each video is completely different and individual to the particular child or group of children.  Soundtracks are picked, again, to reflect the children’s characters.

We are able to put children and carers at ease, get to know each child and make a short video that reflects the children so much more realistically than a written document or set of photographs.  The children, if appropriate, speak for themselves and we try our best to reflect the characters of everyone we film.

It’s not easy – in fact it is one of the most difficult things we do.  But the feedback we get back about how much it helps potential families progress to wanting to find out more about individual children, plus some of the successes we hear back about children finding families – it makes it more than worthwhile.  That’s when we really know our work ‘makes a difference’.

Foster Carers’ video advert
Durham County Council
Training and recruitment videos

We also carried out a series of interviews of foster carers, talking about their experience of fostering, the challenges and rewards.  This footage was edited to make a series of foster training videos, an advert for foster carers for the website and a promotion video used at family recruitment events.

We also filmed and interviewed adoptive parents and produced a similar series of training and promotion videos.

The training videos included subjects such as:

  • the assessment process
  • carers’ personal training and development
  • contact with birth parents
  • dealing with challenging behaviour
  • impact on carers’ own children
  • the rewards of fostering
  • support from social workers