A film Exploring the Foster Care System
Opens in DC August 30, 2013
Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom) as Grace and Mason, a young couple working together in a juvenile care home. Grace is tasked with guiding the troubled youngsters, many of whom come from backgrounds where they have been abused or neglected, through the trials of growing up, but finds herself unable to be as open about her own feelings as she encourages them to be.
- On September 30, 2011, there were an estimated 400,540 children in foster care.More than a quarter (27 percent) were in relative homes, and nearly half (47 percent) were in non-relative foster family homes.
- About half (52 percent) had a case goal of reunification with their families.
- About half (52 percent) of the children left the system to be reunited with their parents or primary caretakers.
- Close to half of the children (46 percent) who left foster care in FY 2011 were in care for less than 1 year.