It's the story of a custody battle between an American father and mother, so how did their child end up in an Italian orphanage? Michael McCarty's life changed on March 5, 2007, when he received a call before going to pick up his son from school in New York and learned that his ex had taken their son to her native Italy. Once there, the government ruled that the woman was unfit to care for her son and placed him in an orphanage last April. The boy's biological dad has long been fighting to bring his now-8-year-old home. It's sad to think of the effects this situation will have on the once-carefree child.
It can be a cold and cruel world for foster children. While some kids are fortunate enough to find warm, inviting homes and loving families, others spend most of their lives hopping from one home to another without the security of being able to settle down. Will flicks like Warner Brother's horror film, Orphan, scare potential parents from reaching out to take in tots?
The movie about a crazed foster child has previews that include the line: "It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own." Sentiments like these in the trailer have people all up in arms — especially the parents and counselors of adopted children. Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
Ne-Yo is speaking out about his childhood in an attempt to shine light on America's foster care system. Ne-Yo credits his mom for helping him overcome his frustration with the fact that his dad left the family.
There are half a million children in America's foster care system, many of whom face a life in foster care that can be worse than their family lives. Foster parents are often under compensated and under trained to take care of children who feel unwanted and unloved.
Ne-Yo believes we all have a responsibility toward our future, and thus all children. To see what he's doing about it, read more