A Fixer, who has been fostered since she was 18 months old, has completed a multi-story film, which aims to encourage potential foster carers to consider what qualities a good foster parent needs.
Nancy Jones (21) was in care throughout her childhood and in three long-term foster care placements over her lifetime.
But Nancy feels she has been luckier than many other children who have been placed with foster carers who were just not right for them.
She fears that some people are attracted to fostering purely for financial gain, and they do not consider just how difficult being a foster parent is.
In her film, there are six different stories about foster care – four stories from young people who have been fostered, and two stories from families who live with foster children.
Nancy, from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, hopes the film will show the realities of foster care as well as the qualities foster carers need to create a healthy, happy home for children.
‘My foster mum, Anne, has been amazing because she’s made me reach my full potential,’ says Nancy.
‘I was unconfident, stroppy, and scared of what could happen when I was a teenager. But Anne encouraged me to test myself and develop. It has not always been easy, but she has been patient, considerate, and supportive.
‘I hope this advert encourages people like Anne to become foster carers, and prevents the wrong kind of foster carer from entering the fostering system.’
Also in the film is Scott King (23) who tells his story of his 25 foster placements.
‘A lot of the placements broke down due to bad behaviour. People often looked at my behaviour rather than my problems and so I just got moved on and on,’ he explains.
‘You cannot just give up because somebody is not well-behaved. We want foster carers who will champion our needs, just like our parents would have done. My foster parents have had years of hell, but they stuck by me and we’ve bonded so well, and I really love them.’
Nancy, who now works with fostering group Xcel2000 to help foster children find homes, will be using her film to help people understand the skills foster carers need.
You can watch Nancy’s film at the top of this article.