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'Shazam!' Challenges Us To See Group Homes Differently

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07.05.2019

I was lucky to have a relatively positive experience in group homes growing up. I formed lifelong relationships with people who I regard as siblings, and adults who have become parental figures post-care. After-all, for many of us, family is verb.

At the same time, everyone would tell you the system had made a mistake with my placement, and they were right. I should have been in foster care. But holding onto the feeling of safety and stability was far more important to me. I felt a freedom in my group-home structure that a home environment couldn't offer — you can just imagine what I went through if group homes were a breath of fresh air by comparison.

Gabe Ginsberg via Getty ImagesLAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 01: An advertisement for the upcoming 'Shazam!' movie is displayed at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)

That's why I find movie portrayals of the system interesting. "Shazam!" is a new fantasy/science-fiction movie that follows Billy Batson, a 14-year-old boy-turned-super-hero with multiple placements in the foster-care system. He is eventually placed in what is identified as a "group home" setting, which........

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