BBC Two announces new film about foster care in the UK

Having been through the care system herself, Lorraine can offer a uniquely personal perspective on a very complex issue."Emma Willis, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries BBC One, Two and Four
Date: 18.12.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.14
Category: BBC Two; Factual
The BBC has announced Lorraine Pascale: The Truth About Fostering (working title) – a one-off film looking at the realities of foster care in the UK. The film will be presented by chef and TV presenter, Lorraine Pascale, who was herself a child in care. It’s expected to air on BBC Two in 2014.

Lorraine Pascale is an ex-model, TV chef and bestselling author, but there’s another side to her story. Adopted at 18 months old and then fostered at eight, she believes that fostering “saved her life".

“I believe foster care is the Cinderella of the care world and there is far more emphasis put on adoption. I'm making this film to throw the spotlight on to fostering and hopefully encourage more people to consider it as an option,” said Lorraine Pascale.

In Britain today, a child is placed in foster care every 22 minutes and the number needing homes continues to rise. Eight-thousand seven-hundred and fifty new foster families must be found across the UK over the next 12 months to avoid a real crisis. But, despite this urgency, fostering is still the poor relation of Children’s Services. Adoption often hits the headlines but only 5 per cent of all ‘looked after’ children actually end up being adopted.

In this one-hour documentary, Lorraine takes us into the world of fostering and provides an insider’s guide to foster care. As well as telling her own personal story and examining the impact of fostering on her life, Lorraine will also gain extraordinary access to the fostering process at a London local authority. Meeting with the social workers, care teams, children and young people currently being fostered, Lorraine will find out what it takes to be a foster carer, and what the children think of the system and care they receive.

“Having been through the care system herself, Lorraine can offer a uniquely personal perspective on a very complex issue. Immersive, emotional and powerful, the film will see Lorraine take us back through her childhood in a bid to shine a light on the neglected world of fostering,” says Emma Willis, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries BBC One, Two and Four.

Lorraine Pascale: The Truth About Fostering (w/t) was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, and Emma Willis, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries BBC One, Two and Four. It will be Executive Produced by Clare Sillery and Maxine Watson, Commissioning Editor for the BBC.

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