Growing up in a foster care system isn’t a walk in the park. It’s more like a walk down a pretty dark alley in the middle of a rainstorm. Most children don’t end up in foster care because they had a happy home life. And in many cases, the experience of a foster home can harm as much as it helps. Abuse is more commonly reported in foster care than in traditional households, and many foster children suffer from developmental problems and mental illness, often late into life.
But a lot of that stems from their early experiences, and as this short film points out, from some well-meaning but ultimately ineffectual foster parents who can’t quite seem to offer what many children need in their lives. The lack of stability exacerbates this quite a bit as well. This is by no means a condemnation of the foster system as a whole. If there is a better solution, hopefully, we will one day find it, but as long as there are children in need of homes and day-to-day care, someone will have to step up to the plate.
Hopefully we will strive to make sure that the people who reach that plate are the kind you’ll see at the end of the film. The kind who won’t give up. The kind who listen and understand. The kind who can truly help these troubled kids grow up as happy and healthy as anyone can, despite whatever came before.