Photo by author. Flyer in front of the Beaverton Dollar General.
Gladwin County Foster Care is holding a virtual event on April 22nd. The purpose is to raise awareness of child abuse through a film called ReMoved. Interested movie-goers can log on to Zoom to watch this film. After the screening, users can have a discussion and answer any questions about the foster care system.
Users can also learn about child abuse, neglect and get local resources to help their communities. The event will be held Thursday at 6:30 P.M. Anyone interested can get the Zoom meeting information from the flyer posted in the image above.
The film is based on true events
The film is about a ten-year-old girl who gets separated from her brother and goes through the foster care system. According to IMDB, the film won six awards through two festivals and got nominated for two awards.
ReMoved isn't rated, so viewers need to watch with discretion. It can be an emotionally heavy movie, but anyone who's worked in the foster care system felt the film was realistic in what it captured.
ReMoved was released in 2013 with critical acclaim. The director, Nathanael Matanick, said that everything that happened in the films is true. However, it's not one person's story. The things that happened to the child in the movie are a collection of experiences from many foster care children.
Raising awareness in the middle of a pandemic
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of child abuse/neglect and to give information for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent. Even in Gladwin County, the foster care system is looking for anyone to take in children. Communities were already having difficulties finding families willing to take in foster kids before the pandemic. The crisis made things worse.
It's become harder to support current foster children while keeping in contact with more vulnerable kids. In Michigan, foster care's shown to help kids do better in school, and they're less likely to end up abused or neglected.
If you're interested in helping, come to the event
There are flyers all over Beaverton and Gladwin with information about the event. There is also a QR code for anyone to scan.