Millions of children around the world live in surrogate homes as part of foster care programs. In the US alone, that number is teetering somewhere around 460,000 and is on the incline. Across the pond, the Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, has been working diligently to create brighter futures since its founding in 1974. Today, the organization services 400 fostering services and 52,500 foster carers to help the 63,000 children in foster care within the country.
Now, the Fostering Network is hoping to bolster its profile and raise funds with the release of a charity rock single, a cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” by fellow Swedish rockers We Are the Catalyst. Though the video is a compelling and heart-wrenching look at how some children end up in the foster care system (the protagonist is a young girl who endures an abusive home life and escapes her situation), the Foster Network is hoping that the “Rock for the Children” campaign will create awareness and generate funding to benefit kids living in those troubling environments.
“The children who come into care have all too often experienced neglect and abuse, or witnessed domestic violence or substance misuse,” says Tony Round, head of fundraising for the organization. “The Fostering Network has worked hard for the past 40 years to ensure that these children can experience love, support and stability in a foster family. We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity receiving funds raised through Rock for the Children, and thank We Are the Catalyst for shining a huge spotlight on foster care and the amazing work that foster carers do around the world through the release of Don’t You Worry Child’.”
Check out the video below (wish a special intro from none other than Jerry Springer), and be sure to head over to iTunes to purchase the single. All proceeds will go to benefit the Fostering Network and its continued good work.
For more information on Rock for the Children, please visit rockforthechildren.com.