The Shame Of HBO’s “Foster”
The foster parent is a saint! The caseworkers are heroes! The birth parents are scum! (Unless they repent in which case they are merely sick.) And none of that is even the worst thing about this documentary.
|This is a stock photo. This child is not the subject of a documentary
about foster care. If he were, no one would show his face.
Or would they?
In its promotional material for the “documentary” Foster, (and no, I’m not going to link to it) HBO declares that it “upend[s] some of the most enduring myths about foster care, going beyond the stereotypes.”
On the contrary. Foster enshrines enduring myths and stereotypes. Foster is the system the way the system wants to be seen – noble foster parents and heroic caseworkers rescuing innocent children from parents who are usually the scum of the earth but occasionally – if they repent – merely sick. And all that isn’t even the worst part. Continue reading →
Foster care is the term used for a system in which a minor who has been made a ward is placed in the private home of a state certified caregiver referred to as a “foster parent”. The state via the family court and child protection agency stand in loco parentis to the minor, making all legal decisions while the foster parent is responsible for the day to day care of said minor. The foster parent is remunerated by the state for their services. Foster care is intended to be a short term situation until a permanent placement can be made: via Foster Care.