“My past, my story is not my fault. And it doesn’t have to define my future.”
Last month our staff got together to watch ReMoved part 1 and 2. In an effort to celebrate Foster Care Month and brainstorm ideas of how to shine more light into our system, we discussed our thoughts and reactions to the powerful short films.
“It would be impossible to fully understand the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system, but this short narrative film portrays that saga in a poetic light, with brushes of fear, anger, sadness, and a tiny bit of hope.” -Santa Barbara Independent review
In each film there is a message of hope. There is hope in telling a child their identity is not found in their past. We believe this is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. If you can have hope in their future; if you can believe that no child or situation is hopeless, you can change lives. At Coyote Hill this hope is found in Christ. We know our limitations as Home Parents, Therapists, Case Managers, and Support Staff.
But we have faith in a limitless God. Every child in foster care, or in crisis, longs for permanency and stability. We can offer stable homes, with loving Home Parents, but we can’t snap our fingers and give kids permanency with biological or an adoptive family. What we can offer is a picture of Jesus. A man who was willing to give his life for us so that we could have eteranl, permanent life with him. We can show them how love originated. We can show our kids that permanent, unconditional love is possible.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4: 9, 19
We encourage you to share these films with friends and family. As more and more families come to see the depth of the needs of children in foster care, the more needs will be met. We hope you will join us in the fight to give children hope.
ReMoved follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care.
Stuck in the abyss of the foster care system, Zoe’s life finally begins to move forward until unexpectedly what she holds dearest is taken away from her yet again and she is left to pick up the pieces of her tender heart.
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