Sunday, October 06, 2013

"The Fosters" on ABC Family: a lesbian couple takes on more children

The ABC Family series “The Fosters”, which piloted on June 3, 2013, was given accolades at Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner Saturday night in Washington DC.   It looks as though there were ten episodes in the summer of 2013 and the series resumes in 2014.
I checked out the Pilot today. The family is headed by lesbian domestic partners living in San Diego. Lena Adams (Sherri Saun), a school administrator (assistant principal?) and Stef Foster (Teri Polo), raise three kids: a rather charismatic and musically gifted teenage boy Brandon (David Lambert) from her first (heterosexual) marriage, and two fraternal twins Jesus (Jake T. Austin) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez). As the Pilot starts, Callie (Maia Mitchell) is getting out of a juvenile detention facility and going into foster care with the couple.

In time Callie is contacted by her brother (she uses some subterfuge with Brandon’s cell phone), and fears that Stef will send her back when she realizes how “bad” her family or origin is.  There is a physical confrontation near the end where Brandon is almost shot.  Eventually, the couple will wind up with both kids.

In one early scene, Brandon is improvising music on the Casio piano (in G Major, I checked), where each family member has a theme or melody, almost like themes in a sonata-allegro. Brandon seems to function for his own purposes pretty well despite the competition of so many siblings. 

It’s quite remarkable that the couple dedicates itself to more of “other people’s children”, particularly before the legal climate (during the Proposition 8 months) denies them full legal marriage rights.  But there was a gay male couple in Florida that was taking in HIV-infected foster children but was not allowed to adopt them.

I’ve known of one case where the male son raised by a lesbian couple got in to the Naval Academy. 
In Minneapolis, at least when I left there in 2003, there were bus-stop signs encouraging singles to adopt.

The link for the Pilot is here. 

ABC Family has interesting stuff.  Remember “Kyle XY”?  Is it a "new kind of family"?  Is it "modern family"?

Picture: evening in San Diego, June 2012 (my trip). 

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