Redbox Steps Up to Help Children in Foster Care Come Home

Watch Instant Family on DVD and help Redbox & WACAP

Last fall, the movie Instant Family was released in theaters. Inspired by the writer/director’s own experience as a parent who adopted a sibling group from foster care, the story was a surprisingly honest and unflinching look at the foster care system, both hilarious and heartbreaking.

As we move closer to the April 1st merger of WACAP (World Association of Children and Parents) into the Holt family, we grow increasingly excited about our expanding role in offering solutions for children in foster care, both in Oregon and Washington. We are joining forces to continue our shared mission and quickly finding new ways to share our mission with broader audiences.

Redbox Steps up to Help Children in Foster Care

With the DVD and digital release of Instant Family on March 5th, entertainment giant Redbox will drive national awareness of our mission to recruit, prepare and support families to care for children in foster care.

Millions of people will see promotional ads for Instant Family and WACAP across Redbox emails and on the redbox.com homepage where the movie can be reserved at kiosks nationwide or watched digitally via Redbox On Demand. Those who click these ads will find an opportunity to learn more about foster care, to donate and invest in the lives of children, or to consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

The efforts are thanks to Galen Smith, a longtime supporter of child welfare and the CEO of Redbox, which has strong roots in Washington.

“This truly couldn’t be a better fit for Redbox,” said Smith. “As a company Redbox is committed to bringing loved ones together for meaningful Movie Night occasions and we’re grateful for the opportunity to support the WACAP mission of bringing foster children together with families.”

The Foster Care Placement Crisis

Both Oregon and Washington are experiencing a crisis in state foster care.

“Right now, children’s need for family is greater than the number of families willing to consider foster care or adoption,” says Greg Eubanks, WACAP’s CEO. “These children need a parent or parents who will welcome them home, for a short time or a lifetime, when they cannot safely remain with their family of origin. We are seeing an increasing number of youth sleeping in a different hotel room each night, or on the floor of government offices when they enter care, simply because there aren’t enough foster families willing and ready to provide for them. Both Washington and Oregon are also sending children out of state to residential facilities.”

What WACAP has learned is that this crisis is happening simply because there are not enough families willing to say ‘yes’ to these children. Maybe it’s an overwhelming thought, maybe the problem is that most of us aren’t fully aware. Hopefully, people will watch this terrific movie, and learn more about these children and teenagers in a way that is engaging and entertaining, and in a way that happens to be quite accurate.

WACAP Foster Care Work Continues, Grows under Holt Umbrella

Eubanks is quick to say that foster care isn’t for everyone, nor is adoption. But all of us at WACAP and at Holt would invite you to consider investing in our work to serve children in U.S. foster care. Help us spread the word that, while we continue to serve children and families around the world, we are also committed to serving them right here in our own neighborhoods. We would love for you to join us.

After April 1, Greg Eubanks will become Holt’s SVP, driving the expansion of foster care programs in Washington, Oregon and in new locations TBD. He was recently interviewed by Kristin Kalning on her podcast, Real Life Adoption.

This blog is re-published with the permission of WACAP.

Read a movie review from Caitlin Howe, Holt’s adoptee programs coordinator, along with her brother — formerly in the foster care system. Both watched the movie and wanted to share their thoughts!

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