Oscar®-winning filmmakers Deborah Oppenheimer and Mark Jonathan Harris (Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport) reunite for a revealing first-hand look at the foster care system as seen through the eyes of those who know it best. With extraordinary access to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Oppenheimer and Harris go beyond the sensational headlines and stereotypes to take an unprecedented look at an often misunderstood world and upend some of the most enduring myths about foster care and those involved in the system.

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Press Highlights:




May 9, 2019: “Mark Jonathan Harris & Deborah Oppenheimer – “Foster” and the Realities of Foster Care in the U.S.”

MSNBC / Ali Velshi

May 2, 2019: “Filmmakers: 'The foster care system is really misunderstood'”


May 7, 2019: “Women featured in ‘Foster’ doc shed light on foster care system”



LOS ANGELES TIMES / Christina Schoellkopf

May 7, 2019: “This L.A. mom has taken in over 1,000 foster kids. Now she leads HBO’s ‘Foster’ documentary” in print and online.


May 3, 2019: Positive review of the film in print and online.

TIME / Belinda Luscombe

May 13, 2019: “Families are the worst, and the best, in Foster.” in print and online.




May 6, 2019: “Christina Perri contributes poignant "Tiny Victories" to HBO documentary "Foster"”

KCRW “PRESS PLAY” / Madeline Brand

May 9, 2019: “Foster care in LA: Stories of hope and resilience”

KPCC “TAKE TWO” / A. Martinez

May 6, 2019: “CA implications of UN biodiversity report, CHP overtime report, Pho 79”




Directors: Deborah Oppenheimer and Mark Jonathan Harris

Writer: Mark Jonathan Harris

Producer: Deborah Oppenheimer

Foster documentary
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