Santa didn’t come to Alfie’s house last Christmas but he wasn’t naughty, he was a good boy.
 
All he wants is someone to play Batman with, give him cuddles and teach him to read.

Could you give Alfie a home this Christmas?

That’s what Middlesbrough Council is asking in a new video as part of its campaign to increase the numbers of foster carers registered with the local authority.

Making use of real case studies, the campaign lays bare the often heartbreaking stories of those children in need of care and support.

Fostering for Middlesbrough ‘s latest release, Alfie’s story, tells of a little boy whose biggest dreams are for the little things in life.

Depicted and voiced by an actor, Alfie says: “I want a daddy or mummy to play Batman and superheroes with me. Someone to play Lego with me.

“A daddy to take me to the Boro and see my favourite players.

“Reading books is hard and I want someone to help me because I don’t know the big words.

“If someone could give me cuddles and read with me at bedtime I’d really like that.

“I miss my brother a lot. I want to live near to him so we can play more.

“If I had a mummy or daddy I build a snowman when it snows and have hot chocolate.

“Santa didn’t come to my house last Christmas. I wasn’t naughty – I was a good boy.

“But I didn’t get any presents. I hope he comes this year.”

The Fostering for Middlesbrough campaign was launched in August to try and improve the number of foster parents within the borough.

At a meeting of Middlesbrough Council’s Corporate Parenting Board on August 6, Kim Flynn, head of marketing and communications, explained how the council’s new campaign was different to what had been tried before.

“We want to bring Middlesbrough children home where it is appropriate,” she said.

“Most independent fostering agencies promote foster care as being about money – but we have found that, for most foster carers, the motivation isn’t about money.”

She added: “It’s a very different presentation than we’ve had in the past.

“It’s very emotive and from the children’s point of view – it’s the children speaking throughout.”

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