Foster Care in TV and Film


Themes of fostering and foster care have been present in TV shows and movies for decades. Often touching on true events or highly dramatized on the big screen – all whilst shedding light on foster care. For some families, watching shows or movies based on foster care can help open a dialogue on fostering or help to see things from a new perspective. For some children, seeing a character that represents them or similar circumstances they may have been through can be quite cathartic, which can be used in a positive way to approach difficult subjects surrounding their experiences. From fictional characters on our screens, to celebrities who have grown up in care - representation is important. Whether you are looking for movies about fostering for yourself, your child or your family, our list has you covered.

Tracy Beaker, 2002 

This iconic British children’s TV series centres around an outspoken, impulsive, funny and imaginative pre-teen infamously known as ‘Tracy Beaker’ who lives in a children’s care home, dubbed ‘The Dumping Ground’ with other children just like her. Longing to be reunited with family, fostered or adopted, each episode focuses on different topics whilst also providing a comical aspect that the younger audience can resonate with.

Annie, 2014 

With several adaptations throughout the years, the premise remains the same. The modern retake swaps the orphanage for an unhappy foster home in this highly dramatized tale about Annie, whose resilient and positive attitude remains amid incompetent social workers and greedy foster parents.

Shazam, 2019 

This superhero movie based on the DC comic is a fun and entertaining take on foster care – suitable for younger viewers. The main protagonist, Billy Batson, is a 14-year-old foster child who continuously runs away from foster homes in search of his birth mother but suddenly stumbles upon unexpected superpowers, making him the superhero, ‘Shazam’, who soon gains a powerful enemy that has taken his foster sibling’s hostage and must be stopped.

The Blind Side, 2009

Based on a true heart-warming story, The Blind Side follows a gifted American football player, Michael, who is stuck in the foster care system. Eventually, Michael is adopted by a loving family who encourage him to improve his academics which will allow him to play on the school football team. The ending of the movie sees Michael drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and played in the National Football League (NFL), depicting real-life events.

Instant Family, 2018 

This movie is based on the adoption of siblings through foster care. The movie follows a child-less couple looking to expand their family through adoption, who come across three vivacious siblings looking for a caring and loving home whilst stuck in the foster care system. So begins their journey towards certification as foster-adoptive parents, whilst navigating through realistic events, themes and topics in this heart-warming and comical story of placement and adoption.

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