Impact Spotlight: “Foster Boy”
Did you know that 51% of U.S. states have for-profit foster care agencies?
That’s just one shocking fact explored in Foster Boy, a new film that exposes corruption and failure in our current foster care system.
Written by Jay Paul Deratany, directed by Youssef Delara and executive produced by Shaq, Foster Boy tells a fictional story inspired by all-too real issues: young adults formerly in foster care suffer unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration at much higher rates than the general population.
An official selection and winner of multiple film festivals, Foster Boy tells the story of a high-powered corporate lawyer (Matthew Modine) who gets assigned to represent a young man (Shane Paul McGhie) who has been imprisoned after enduring years of abuse in foster care. They must overcome their differences to work together against the corrupt, racist and classist for-profit foster care system.
Shaq shared his passion for this subject in a recent op-ed:
Many of the 440,000 kids in our nation’s foster care system are not so well supported – abused and alone, they are separated from their siblings and shuffled from family to family.
Some will eventually return to their birth family or find a loving, committed foster or adoptive family. But a lot of them aren’t so lucky.
Too many foster kids are scared, neglected, lonely and abused. They struggle in school, and suffer from low self-esteem and depression. Fewer than 4% earn a college degree. Many enter adulthood without the skills, confidence and support they need to find their way in the world.-Shaq, executive producer of Foster Boy
Screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany is a lawyer and foster youth advocate who drew from his own personal experience to write the script. See more about his inspiration below:
If you’d like to get involved in the fight to reform the foster care system, follow this link to donate, defend, foster/adopt, write your representative or share on social.