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Posted On: 6th Mar 2013

Fostering Understanding on ITV

From left to right: Brenda, David, and John
John and Brenda talking about their experience in care
Ann James - Head of foster care at Bristol City Council

A young man, who was picked on by his schoolmates because he was fostered, is making a short film to break misconceptions about children in care.

 

John Denver (19), from Bristol, was taken into care when he was eight years old, because of troubles with his natural mum and step-dad.

 

During childhood, John spent many years moving around different foster homes. John did eventually find a foster family, where he remained until he was 18 years old, but still felt distanced from people, especially his classmates during his time in school.

 

With the help of his friend and fellow Fixer, Brenda Hook (18), John is creating a short documentary, which dispels myths about children in care and challenges the unkind treatment of foster children at school.

 

John explains: ‘I would like to show people what it is like to be in care so that other children can be more understanding to their peers who have a different and often unsettling home life.'

 

‘Children in care have had different experiences in life, which need empathy. They do not deserve to be singled out or treated as a different person.’

 

The film sees John and Brenda talk to Ann James, head of foster care leavers at Bristol City Council, and David Akinsanya, a former foster child and now a prominent foster care campaigner and TV producer.

Author: Ashley Scrace

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