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Shaquille OʼNeal-Executive Producer, “FOSTER BOY”

The foster care crisis in America: profiting from the lives of children

By: Angela Redding

Los Angeles, CA, (The Hollywood Times) 9/14/2020 “Foster kids are not just someone else’s kids – they’re our kids. There is so much we can do to help them, but it all starts with shining a light on their circumstances. That’s why I am so proud to be both an executive and presenting producer of Foster Boy,” an inspiring new film, ”Shaquille O’Neal, Retired National Basketball Association star, sports commentator, and executive producer.


What is foster care?

Foster Care: Foster care (also known as out-of-home care) is a temporary service provided by States for children who cannot live with their families. Children in foster care may live with relatives or with unrelated foster parents. Foster care can also refer to placement settings such as group homes, residential care facilities, emergency shelters, and supervised independent living. Child Welfare Information Gateway







Most of us have heard of foster care and for whatever reason, we don’t give much thought to the system, how it works, or anyone in its care. This is until the dark side of the system is exposed in a news report.


Of course, as in many things in life, there is a positive side and a negative side to the foster care system.

Currently, there are more than 400,000 children in the foster care system. This vast number of children opens the door to those trying to take advantage of the overwhelming need to place children in good homes.


For-profit placement agencies have set their sights on the young and the innocent and are profiting from the lives of children without much if any concern for their safety or well-being.

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Foster care statistic image courtesy Foster Boy

Exposing the Dark Side of Foster Care

NBA icon and executive producer of the film Foster Boy, Shaquille O’Neal has decided to shine the light on the need for change in the foster care system. He has made it a point to no longer look the other way and invites viewers of his latest film to become involved in the welfare of children in the foster care system.

Pan African Film Festival Foster Boy red carpet image, Shaquille O'Neal
Executive Producer and foster care advocate Shaquille O’Neal join ‘Foster Boy‘ writer Jay Paul Deratany and producers Peter Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Danny Mooney on the red carpet at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles. Courtesy Foster Boy
O’Neal wrote a piece on Foster Boy for the Tennessean publication in September 2019 as a Guest Columnist and said, “I will not give up on foster kids, because here are some other things I learned growing up: personal responsibility, accountability and the importance of lending a hand to those less fortunate.”

Foster Boy the movie available in Theaters & VOD on September 25th

“Foster Boy” is a powerful courtroom drama. Based on true events, it tells the story of Jamal, a foster youth who seeks justice after suffering horrible abuse and degradation at the hands of an adolescent boy with a history as a sexual predator – a boy who is placed in his foster family by a for-profit placement agency that was aware of the boy’s history but never informed Jamal’s family.

In 2017, a Senate Committee found that children in for-profit-contracted homes were abused and neglected more often than those in nonprofit foster care, concluding:  “Sometimes those charged with keeping children safe look the other way,” wrote O’Neal.

“We won’t look the other way… It’s time to start making a difference for our foster kids.”

Foster Boy is a drama that runs for 1 Hour & 44 Minutes and is directed by Youssef Delara and written by Jay Paul Deratany. Producers of the film are Shaquille O’Neal, Jay Paul Deratany, Andrew Sugerman, Peter Samuelson, Anne Marie Mackay, and Michael Parris.

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Foster Boy film courtroom image Actors Lt.-Rt. Jordan Belfi, Shane Paul McGhie, and Matthew Modine – Courtesy Foster Boy

The all-star cast includes Shane Paul McGhie (Greenleaf, Unbelievable) Matthew Modine (47 Meters Down, The Dark Knight Rises) Louis Gossett Jr (Roots, Watchmen) 
Michael Hyatt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Snowfall) Michael Beach (If Beale Street Could Talk, Chicago PD) Greg Germann (Grey’s Anatomy, Ally McBeal) 
Julie Benz (Dexter, A Gifted Man) 
Lex Scott Davis (The First Purge, Training Day).

Foster Boy Official Trailer

Theatres/Virtual Release

Opening Date: September 25, 2020




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Foster Boy key impact highlights/courtesy Foster Boy