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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’ website, Facebook, and Twitter!