Foster representation in television

Many of us seek media that represent varied experiences and backgrounds, and foster care is no different.

Seeing authentic representation of foster care can have an impact on children – namely, it helps them to feel seen and understood, demonstrating that they are not alone in their feelings and experiences.

Here at Beacon Fostering, we understand the power of representation, so here are some examples of the best shows and films that depict characters living in foster care:

The Story of Tracy Beaker (2002-06)

Arguably the most-well known example of fostering in mass media, the TV adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s books follows the title character – a loud, funny, outspoken and rebellious pre-teen.

As well as following Tracy’s character journey, the show also looks at the stories of the other children there, combining humour and drama.

Shazam (2019)

Billy Batson is a 14-year-old boy who has spent his life running away from numerous foster families in search of his birth mother, until a wizard grants him superpowers. However, he has to use them to save his foster siblings when an evil scientist holds them hostage.

This film gives us an entertaining take on foster care, while also showing the power of found families.

Doctor Who (2005-present)

The Ncuti Gatwa era brings us a companion who was raised in foster care, Ruby Sunday. Abandoned outside a church as a baby, she was fostered and later adopted by Carla Sunday. It also shows that Carla keeps in touch with other children she’s fostered, adding some positivity to the world of fostering.

Here at Beacon Fostering, we provide a great network for foster carers. Contact us today to find out more about our great family ethos.