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Calon Cymru recommends... films with a theme of foster care

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January is a great month to get cosy and relax with a good film. There are plenty of films with themes of foster care, and they can offer valuable insights and perspectives for children and adults alike. Here are some of our top recommendations for films to watch alone or as a family. It’s important to remember that films are often exaggerated for effect, so if you intend on watching with your foster child, it's advisable to preview the content beforehand and discuss any potential triggering topics or inaccuracies.


Instant Family: Certificate 12

Instant Family is a heartfelt and uplifting story that follows Pete and Ellie, a couple in the USA who decide to become foster carers. They take on a placement of three siblings who range in age from 6 years old to 15. The film explores the challenges of being a foster carer, but also the rewards that it can bring. It also shows some of the struggles of the children and birth families and is sure to leave audiences feeling inspired and hopeful about the power of family.


The Great Gilly Hopkins: Certificate PG

The Great Gilly Hopkins follows Gilly, who is a 12-year-old foster child determined to find her birth mother. We see Gilly attempt to regularly outwit her new foster parent, which leads her into a series of mischievous and often hilarious adventures. Through these experiences, Gilly learns to trust and love her new foster family. Through her journey, Gilly learns the importance of friendship and family, ultimately finding her place in the world.


Tarzan: Certificate PG

This classic story follows Tarzan, a child orphaned in the African jungle, as he grows up among the animals of the jungle and eventually discovers his identity as the son of a British Lord and Lady. The movie follows Tarzan's adventures as he finds his place in the world and falls in love with Jane, a human. Tarzan also develops a deep bond with his gorilla family but must confront his identity and learn to accept his human heritage. The film is a timeless classic that resonates with audiences of all ages.


White Oleander: Certificate 12

White Oleander is a drama film based on Janet Fitch's 1999 novel of the same name. The film follows the story of a young girl, Astrid, whose mother is sent to prison. As she is sent to live with a series of foster families, Astrid must learn to cope with her mother's absence and the challenges of growing up in a difficult environment. Despite her struggles, Astrid perseveres and eventually finds a place of her own.


The Blind Side: Certificate 12

The Blind Side is perhaps the most well-known film with a theme of foster care. It is based on the incredible true story of NFL player Michael Oher. Oher, a homeless teenager, was taken in by the Tuohy family and given a new chance at life. With the guidance and support of his new family, Oher was able to overcome his struggles and become a college football star. The film serves as a heartwarming reminder of the power of helping those in need.


Fostering insights


  • Foster Carer
  • Young person
  • Birth child(ren)
  • Adoption
  • Teenager

Date published

12 January 2024

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