a film by Mark Jonathon HarrisEvery child needs a family
a film by Mark Jonathon Harris
There are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in the U.S., a number that continues to grow each year. Drawing on unprecedented access, FOSTER traces a complex path through the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, interweaving first-hand stories of those navigating the system with insights from social workers, advocates and others working in the justice system. The film offers a realistic but hopeful perspective on a community that needs society's support.
"[Foster] immortalizes the grit of Los Angeles, distant from the glimmering lights the city is known for, and illustrates the stories of those affected by the foster care system" – The Guardian
"...an intimate, intensely dramatic film that holds us in its grip like a page-turning novel. Except it's all true." – LA Times
"Over the course of two hours, Harris presents a wide-ranging and clear-eyed look at the potential and limits of the current foster care system" – The Daily Dot
"The film also points out that the problems in and around the foster system are indicative of larger issues that society hasn't addressed, such as poverty, drug addiction, unaddressed mental health issues and racism." – Variety