What: Austin screening of Friday's Child
Where: Bob Bullock Texas History Museum
The lowdown: On May 2, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott hosted a special Austin screening of Friday's Child, a narrative film that spotlights America's complex foster care system — and the people who fall through the cracks. Texas state employees, nonprofits, and members of the media were invited to screen this "movie to movement" film prior to its theatrical release on May 7.
"Friday's Child tells the story of an 18-year-old boy who ages out of the foster care system [and is] left alone to his own devices," according to a release. "The film highlights the tragic reality that 25,000 children face every year when they age out of the system with little to no resources necessary to survive let alone thrive, 40 percent become homeless, and 60 percent live a life of crime."
Following a media meet and greet, co-hosted by nonprofit Ticket to Dream, Abbott introduced the film to "raise awareness of the opportunities to help foster children overcome these adversities."
The film's May release is timed in conjunction with National Foster Care month. To learn more about how you can help or to donate, click here.
Who: Cecilia Abbott, Julie Hildebrand, Alan Elias, Gina Davis, Trevon Harris, Jason Head, Hank Whitman, Dawn Elias, and Marielle Zuccarelli