President Barack Obama, in his proclamation of November as National Adoption Month, said: "By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families [my emphasis], we allow more children to find the permanent homes they yearn for and deserve."
The new documentary Preacher's Sons underscores why we have to hold him to this. The film, by C Roebuck Reed and her late husband Mark Nealey, shows us five years in the lives of two gay dads and the five boys they adopt from California's foster care system.
Greg Stewart is a Unitarian Universalist minister; Stillman Stewart is a former children's social worker now taking care of their sons full time. Arthur, adopted at seven, had 15 foster placements, three failed adoptions, and a history of abuse and neglect. The Stewarts were his last chance before an institution. Javonte, also adopted at seven, came to them with his five-year-old brother Dionte after nine foster placements. The brothers had learned to hoard food, but did not know how to use silverware. Allen, born with a cocaine addiction through his mother, came to the family when he was three, in foster care his entire life. David, the youngest, also came from an addicted mother, but was lucky enough to be placed with the Stewarts at two weeks old, his second placement.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Reed recently for Bay Windows, and I hope you'll pop over there to read more about the family and the film.
In the Life television will be airing the first 20 minutes of the 90-minute documentary, plus an interview with Reed, in November. Check their site for local airtimes or to view it online.
The full DVD is for sale at www.preacherssons.com. They're only $20 each, three for $50, or ten for $100. Buy copies for all your friends, plus the schools, libraries, and social service agencies near you. (Reed is also developing study guides for high school and college students, and for child service agencies to use in training foster and adoptive parents.)
Reed says she made the film specifically for middle America, however, not just for the LGBT community. She is hoping for investors to fund further distribution and showings. If you know of (or are) an angel investor, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below, a trailer for the In the Life presentation of the film: