Removed {a powerful short film}

This weekend I watched a short film called Removed by Nathanael Matanick. I can’t get it out of my head and I know so many of you would appreciate seeing it. It chronicles the journey of a young girl removed from her home and placed into foster care. It is one of the most well made films I have seen regarding foster care and the trauma past circumstances can cause in the present. Sometimes there is an idea tossed around that all a wounded child needs is a loving home and the past will no longer have an affect on them. And sometimes love is all they need. But sometimes love shows itself in recognizing that often deep wounds do not just simply go away. Wounded children need parents willing to be big enough and brave enough to hold them in their confusing tears and to help them on the road to truly healing.

We’ve watched several of our friends walk the road of foster parents. While there are so many joys in seeing children heal, it is also often a road covered in the bumps of every kind of emotion.  It is not for the weak of heart. It is for the brave. The strong. The willing. I’ve watched friends weep and groan as they fight and advocate for the kids that joined their families through fostering. I’ve seen them broken over the hurt what those kids endured. And, I’ve watched them rejoice as the same kids begin to flourish and heal in a stable, loving, grace-filled, understanding environment. My friends would tell you they are weak. They would say they aren’t strong or brave. But, they are.

According to its website, Removed was made “with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up foster parents.”

So today, I wanted to share this video. It is both educational, eye opening, moving and powerful. It is 12:47 minutes long…

ReMoved from HESCHLE on Vimeo.

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  • Bambi - That truly does look powerful!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Greetings from Germany and a peek into life lately…

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    Love,

    Bambi

  • Kelleyn - What a powerful video! Breaks my heart that this a true story for so many children. Thank you for sharing!

  • Erica Baker - I watched this last week and found myself bawling by the end. So powerful. I loved the ending. I am so inspired by the brave people who open their homes to children. What a picture of the gospel and of how the church should be.

  • Eliza - GAH! Weeping right now. So beautiful and so sad all at once.

  • Amanda W - Wow. There really are no other words.

    Thank you for sharing this. What a way to start a Monday!

  • Michelle - We are currently in the process of adopting out of foster care- thank you for sharing this video. It is a great picture of the realities for foster children. I am thrilled to see it circling the web, raising awareness, and maybe even breaking people’s hearts for these precious babes in our backyards.

  • amber - I watched the video this past weekend, too. It is excellent.

  • Tiffany - Wish I had the right words for just how moving that was to me. My prayer life has been impacted. TY for sharing.~

  • Christine Taylor - Thank you for sharing…. This has touched my soul.

  • Phoebe K - I can’t tell you how much I loved this. Thank you for sharing.

    My husband and I are a few weeks away from becoming licensed foster care parents. This video impacted me more than all forty hours of classes we’ve taken to prepare.

    Last year, I read every single one of your adoption posts in a row, amidst my own struggles to conceive. After I stopped crying, I was more ready than I had ever been to consider adoption. I had been so intimidated. I was scared of rejection, judgement, financial issues, and so much more. You write from such a real and honest place. You gave me hope. I knew that if you could do it, I could do it, too. Your brave and beautiful journey is what gave me the strength to take the first steps toward fostering and adoption.

    I know you write for many, many people, but I felt like you wrote those posts just for me to see. Thank you so much for that.

  • Sharon Campo - My husband and I worked as house parents at a group home for six abused boys. We saw some rough things, but each and every one of those boys were worthy of unconditional love, no matter how many times they punched the wall, got into fights, stole, and broke the rules. It was the only way they knew to survive. Thank you for sharing this beautifully jarring film.

  • Anastasia - Very touching video, very sad and informative. Being a foster parent is a really hard job, but very rewarding at the same time, nothing is more rewarding than seeing how kids are working through the troubles of the past….Love this video.

  • Christy - One of my friends shared this on her Facebook page. It is an amazing video!!!

  • Cassi - Wow, not a video to watch at work, tears streaming. Amazingly powerful. Thank you for sharing

  • Erin - Thank you so much for sharing this! What a great reminder of how courageous so many foster children and foster parents truly are.

  • Southern Gal - Wow. I should have had some tissues when I sat down. Powerful. The foster parents I know are brave and love with their whole hearts. I’m sharing this with one of them. Thanks.

  • Jenna - Incredible video.

  • Monica - That video make me feel so sad, all the time I was thinking about the pain of the little girl to be apart of her little brother. 🙁 . I was glad when I see the end. I have to go to the bathroom to cry because I saw it in my work. The kids never should face so kind of hard life. They should only received LOVE. But pray for all the kids dealing with things like that and for the foster parents to give them what they need. God bless them.

  • Sarah - So moving, so powerful.

  • Elizabeth - wow. powerful. thank you for sharing.

  • Irene Wiranata - Thanks for sharing this powerful movie. I regard your family as a very brave one, for adopting Little One. God Bless Your family..

  • Jeni - Heart wrenching.

  • amy - Powerful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Susan - Extrordinary look at how a child sees her life. This is captured in such a raw emotion. My heart is bleeding for all the little ones who have to go through this. And my heart is telling me more that I am not quite sure how to deal with yet. Thank you for sharing. And for making me cry. Again!
    Susan

  • Teacher - I try so hard to remember this with my students. Most of us would not survive a day in their homes. It’s so hard to keep caring long enough for them to stop fighting. If you can hold out long enough it’s worth it.

  • Lindsey - So powerful, brought me to tears and made me hug my baby tight. It is certainly something that is not easy to think about but in truth is all around us. Thank you for sharing to help educate us all.

  • Stoich91 - Woahh…powerful. Although I know this is not the story of every foster child, isn’t it even enough knowing it is perhaps the story of one?

  • RachelSD - Thank you so much for sharing this. What a beautiful, powerful video. I am so impressed with those who choose to help… the judges, attorneys, social workers, foster parents, adoptive parents, etc. I’m a volunteer CASA (court-appointed special advocate) for three siblings in foster care… it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and there are non-profit agencies all over the country that would love more volunteers to help these children who have done nothing wrong. They just need and deserve a consistent adult in their lives. Thanks again for sharing!

  • Tracy - I’m a foster parent. I loved this video. Thanks for sharing it. :0)

  • Jo - Such a sad, beautiful, moving film! So many hurting children! Thanks for sharing.

  • JoniBugK - I have been a foster parent to many children, and this video made me bawl. I never, never have had a child go back to the family where it was a GOOD thing. And yet, they do get sent back, and it is heartbreaking. The two that I was able to keep, are still in my life today. One is going with me to Oklahoma in two months to visit the other and her new family. God bless the ones who are able to stay in for the sake of the children. And I pray that I can still help someone, somewhere, because they are SO WORTH IT.

  • jody greenlee - As a former foster mom, and current coordinator to foster children, I can’t thank you enough for sharing.
    Jody

  • Carrie - Wow…that was beyond moving. It hurts my heart to think about the realities many children face and am so grateful for the giving, brave people who open their homes and hearts to provide safe places.

  • Tessa - We adopted our 12-1/2 year old daughter from foster care 2-1/2 years ago, and it has been a very difficult journey to help her heal. She has been separated from 5 of her siblings, and 2 of them she has never known. She lived with her younger sister for many years in foster care, and she struggles the most with this broken relationship. I have to admit that the ending of the video was surprising, and often not reality for foster kids. For my daughter, the ending would have resulted in her caseworker taking her from yet another home and not a “happy” ending of being reunited with her younger sister. So for me, the video was not realistic enough. I certainly am glad that it was made and it gaining attention … any awareness of what foster kids experience and suffer through is awesome. I pray that this video gives more foster kids an advocate in their lives that will stick with them through everything.

  • Ilse - Gee, I’m crying again!

  • Pamela - Oh my goodness that had me crying. Thanks for sharing.

  • shraddha - Amazing!
    Thanks for sharing it!

  • Seamingly Sarah - I am bawling. Thank you so much for sharing that video. The heartbreak is God’s and I feel it in my own heart. I pray for so much healing and grace for each and every person that has ever been hurt. Our hearts are whole in Him.

  • Les Kelley - We are currently with a foster care services, we have monthly meetings with all foster parents. Can we have a copy,or a dvd of thi shrt film?

  • Anna Brown - Wow you shared this with such perfect timing

  • Rebekah N - Wow! Thank you so very much for sharing this video! I watched it twice and then sent it on to others! My parents adopted a family member out of a neglectful situation and we’ve dealt with a lot of emotions and issues from the child. We’ve done counseling and had so much love and support – but, we’ve recently talked about the fact that the past HAS contributed to the child – this video just helped clarify all that! I showed it to my mom and I know that we’ll be thinking on this! Again, thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Jody - Oh wow. Thanks for the nudge.
    !!!

  • Nicole L. - One of my friends is a social worker/counselor and she posted this video a few days ago. It’s so heartbreaking and powerful. I just hope it inspires people to go down that road if they feel like God is leading them there.

  • tasha roe - oh man! that gutted and wrecked me! my heart breaks for these children!! i’ve always had a special place in my heart for foster kids. don’t know why God put it there, but i think and pray for them often. thanks for sharing!

  • Jenna Unruh - Thank you for using your blog to promote things like this. My heart aches for children everywhere. Praying for my place in all of this.

  • Trinity Turner - Thank you for posting that film.
    We have been foster parents for a few years and pursuing adoption.
    This video has helped so much in putting things in perspective.

  • Amber - Definitely eye opening and emotional. The hope that exists for these children with foster parents that are willing to take on this journey is inspiring. In a similar, yet different way, this made me think of the short “The Butterfly Circus” in thinking about belonging and perseverance. It was also a very well made film. It is a different kind of uncertainty and challenge, but also ends with a sense of hope. This film is more about difference and acceptance and the sense of believing in one’s true self.

  • anonymous - I have never seen anything like that. I am not one to let emotions run but that just drudged everything up. I could have been that girl as a kid. I always lied to social services and the schools about our home life because I knew I would be separated from the younger siblings I took care of if we were taken out of the home. (And as the older child, your biggest thought is, “they need me”.) Any adult who takes on the role of foster parent and sticks with it is definitely beyond brave and strong. I wish someone would have stepped in for us as kids. We’re now in our late 20s and 30s and because none of our issues were every dealt with when we were young, we all have a laundry list of things we deal with as adults.

  • heyruthie - I just spent the past month applying to be a foster parent again in my area. Due to circumstances that are out of my control, I was actually turned down at this time. I adopted two children out of foster care in the past, and it’s been a wonderful, albeit difficult journey. Please, if you are eligible to be a foster parent in your area, step up and give it a shot. It won’t be easy, but you probably won’t regret it, and you certainly will be making a difference.

  • Betsy - Thank you.

  • Amber - WOW! Thank you for sharing that powerful and beautiful video!

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  • Cass - That was beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  • bethb - thank you so much for sharing this. I wish more people understood that its not just hard for a adoptive parent or foster parent but hard for the child too. It goes both ways and takes BOTH to work though. <3

  • Christina Matanick - Hi!! Thanks so much for sharing this! Did you know we are CURRENTLY running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the budget for ReMoved Part Two?!? Check out our campaign at http://www.removedfilm.com Also we have a facebook page (facebook.com/removed2013) that has updates and new media content you might enjoy. Thanks for considering!

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