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Foster Care Highlighted on New Television Show

FC2S Staff | June 3rd, 2013

Have you ever liked a character on a television show because he reminds you of yourself? Have you ever connected with a character because you’ve gone through the same types of life events? People who’ve gone through the foster care system have had difficulty finding anyone exactly like them on TV – until now.

 

Tonight, a new show all about a family and their foster children premieres on ABC Family at 9/8c. “The Fosters,” produced Jennifer Lopez and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms.  Stef, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school vice principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home until a more permanent placement can be found.

“The Fosters” will explore and highlight important issues such as the everyday challenges faced by foster kids, foster parents and siblings.  As the story unfolds, the characters confront issues related to abuse & neglect, cross-over kids, interethnic adoption and fostering, educational access and success for foster kids, LGBT foster parenting and adoption, inter-sibling placement & reunification and many other topics front & center in the community.  The show positively and forthrightly tells the story of one unique family and in doing so, it tells the powerful story of the foster care and adoptive communities.

 

Join Foster Care to Success tonight at 9 p.m. e.s.t.  to watch the show and live-tweet it on Twitter. Search for the hashtag #TheFosters and you will find us, show fans, and Jennifer Lopez, who will be live tweeting during the show, too.

Watch a special promo of the show here: http://bit.ly/10JssUR

Watch a promo the cast made for foster care here: http://youtu.be/nPMwRKre3o0.

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