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15 Foster Care Characters in Movies and TV Shows! Who Do You Remember?

Thanks to ABC Family’s new series The Fosters for sponsoring this post.  Click here to see more of the discussion. Also, watch the series premiere of The Fosters on Monday, June 3 at 9/8c only on ABC Family.

Check out 15 of my favorite foster care characters in movies and televsion shows! Do you remember who they were from your childhood and teenage years?

I remember growing up and watching television and relating to the characters in such a way that I would pretend to be Blair and Joe on The Facts of Life, stranded on an island like Ginger, at sea like Captain Stubing, or in Beverly Hills hanging with Kelly and Dylan. Let’s face it – television, 35 years ago, was fresh and new.

Stories were being seen for the very first time. Dealing with gay relationships was very subtle.  If a child were a foster child or adopted, it was typically on an after school special or very lightly touched upon.  I don’t think I ever realized as a child that characters in some of my favorite shows and movies such as  Arnold, Willis, Annie, Oliver and even Punky Brewster, were foster children, and I certainly didn’t put two and two together that there were gay or lesbian characters. Over the last few years, we have seen prominent gay characters in shows like Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, Six Feet Under, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, Glee and Modern Family (just to name a few).

I just had the amazing opportunity to see the pilot of ABC Family’s newest original family drama series The Fosters.  The series will premiere  on Monday June 3 at 9/8c. I can not tell you how excited I am to watch this show grow. In the first hour, executive producer Jennifer Lopez rocked my world. I cried, I hugged my kids, and I wanted to learn more about this family!

The Fosters are a modern day multiethnic family comprised of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a local school VP, have built a loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage.

I can’t tell you much more, because I don’t want to spoil anything!  You are going to love this, BUT – do bring tissues, and lots of them. This is a two-box tissue show!

Also, watch the series premiere of The Fosters on Monday, June 3 at 9/8c only on ABC Family. To find out more about the series check out the official ABC Family The Fosters’ websiteFacebook, and Twitter!

  • The Fosters 1 of 16
    foster Monkey Collage
  • Bambi 2 of 16
    bambi

    How could we forget when Bambi's mom was killed and he has to go live with his friends Thumper and Flower? He was lucky enough to have great friends who were there for him. You can get it from Amazon for $24.17. 

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Despicable Me 3 of 16
    Despicable me

    Gru is a super-villain. He has designs on stealing the moon, but to do so he needs to get a shrink ray which is kept safe in the lair of Vector, a rival super-villain. Gru cannot access it, but notices that three orphan girls are able to walk into Vector's lair to sell cookies. Gru quickly adopts the girls, and steals the shrink ray while the girls are busy completing their cookie sale with Vector. Gru begins to care about the girls, but returns them to the orphanage in order to focus on his criminal career. He quickly changes his mind and re-claims them.  Gru writes a children's book for them to express his grief at returning them and to declare his unconditional love for them. You can get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Diff’rent Strokes 4 of 16
    different strokes

    Phillip Drummond is a widowed Manhattan millionaire who  adopts two orphaned black brothers from Harlem 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis. He had made a promise to their dying mother who was his housekeeper that he would care for the boys after she passed on. The boys, whom Drummond always introduced as his two sons, went from rags to riches literally overnight. You can get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • House 5 of 16
    house

    Lisa Cuddy found baby Rachel, and while trying to help her, found out that none of the baby's grandparents  wanted to take care of her, so Rachel was placed in foster care. Cuddy volunteered to be the baby's foster mother. Cuddy found herself feeling more attached to the baby's needs. After that, she agreed to adopt Rachel. You can get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Kung Fu Panda 6 of 16
    kung fu panda

    Po is living his dream as "The Dragon Warrior," protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters - "The Furious Five." When Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by  a villain, Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins, including why he has been taken care of by a duck all of these years!  You can get it from Amazon for $9.99.

     Photo Source: Amazon

  • Les MisÃ��Ã�©rables 7 of 16
    Les mis

    Oh, the story of Fantine and Cosette. Fantine was an abandoned child working in a factory. There, she meets and falls in love with an older student, who abandons her when she discovers she is pregnant with Cosette .

    She cannot afford her child, and though she loves her with all her heart she must leave her with an innkeeper and his wife. They are not good people, and they constantly trying to extort more and more money from Fantine.  You can get it from Amazon for $12.99.

     Photo Source: Amazon

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events 8 of 16
    limminy snikket

    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events describes how the three Baudelaire children got themselves into a bit of a sticky situation. The Baudelaire children are at their favorite lake enjoying themselves when a friend of the family arrives to tell them some horrible news about their parents. The Bauldelaire children have become orphans, and have been sent to live with a relative who treats them terribly. They escape the  home, and end up in many foster care placements, including the care of a greedy man who attempts to steal the millions of dollars left by the children's deceased parents. You can get it from Amazon for $8.04.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Meet The Robinsons 9 of 16
    meet the robinsons

    12-year old orphan Lewis can't seem to get adopted or make an invention.  He begins to seriously doubt himself and if he can be an  inventor.

    A boy named Wilbur Robinson warns Lewis about a mysterious evil man from the future lurking around the science fair. Lewis and Wilbur begin a journey to the future via time machine. Once there, Lewis meets the very quirky, extended Robinson family with whom he feels oddly at home.  The Robinson family becomes crucial in keeping Lewis safe. They offer him a new inner strength and a sense of his place in the world and  a determination to "keep moving forward."   You can get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Oliver 10 of 16
    Oliver

    Oliver, the classic Dickens tale, was one of my favorite movies and musicals as a child.

    I remember feeling sympathy towards these boys who were orphaned and just not given a fair chance. Oliver was determined and knew right from wrong. He needed to survive. The lovely Nancy helps protect him, and in the end he finally gets to Miss Rose and her guardian Mrs. Maylie for safety.  You can get it from Amazon for $11.52.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Punky Brewster 11 of 16
    punky

    Punky Brewster was one of my favorite shows as a child!  A young vibrant girl full of life and colors named Punky Brewster was being raised by her foster parents.  This showed so much love and creativity and proved that love was all around.  You can get it from Amazon for $22.74.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • Superman 12 of 16
    superman

    Superman was born on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El. Discovered and fostered and then adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, he was  raised as Clark Kent.  As Clark Kent, he is a journalist for a Metropolis newspaper called the Daily Planet.  As Superman, he saves the world from evil!  What an empowering story!  You can get it from Amazon for $2.99.

     Photo Source Amazon

  • Tarzan 13 of 16
    tarzan

    The story of  Tarzan is about the integration of differences as the human Tarzan is accepted into the ape tribe of Kerchak. Tarzan fights his way by the power of brain and muscle to the highest rank among the apes.  You can get it from Amazon $9.99.

     Photo Source: Amazon

  • The OC 14 of 16
    The OC

    For Ryan, the handsome and now California boy, foster care proved to be his worst nightmare. He decided that he would rather run away. After being physically abused from his prior living situation, it was hard for him to develop healthy relationships.  You can get it from Amazon for $42.39.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • The Odd Life Of Timothy Green 15 of 16
    the odd life of timothy

    Jim and Cindy know that Timothy is different from other children after he magically appears in their home one night. They take him into their homes.  As they get to know him they encourage him to keep his differences a secret from family and friends. You can get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Photo Source: Amazon

  • The Secret Life Of The American Teenager 16 of 16
    GREG FINLEY, MEGAN PARK, DAREN KAGASOFF, SHAILENE WOODLEY, KEN BAUMANN, FRANCIA RAISA

    The teens at Grant High are living life in the fast lane. Between their love triangles, secrets, and scandalous rumors, there's never a dull moment. The he-said, she-said gets intense! Their parents' lives are just as complicated. You can get it from Amazon for $17.78.   

    Photo Source: ABC Family Medianet

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