A Pleasant Surprise

Television writers get so much wrong about foster care, adoption, and “natural” parents (see “Dexter” on Showtime), that it is a joy to see when they get it right. Forest Whitaker’s character, Sam Cooper, got it very right in Tuesday’s episode of “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” entitled “Devotion.”  A father had abandoned his two children to foster care after his wife left him, and he went on to spend years in a new marriage with a new child,  because, as the father character later says to his son: you had “so many problems.” Cooper than blasted the father, with that moral stance that Whitaker does so well: “You abandoned your kids because you thought they were defective?  You have a responsibility as a parent: you encourage, you nurture. Even if you think things are going to go wrong. You just threw them away like they were garbage?  What gives you the right to hide behind your money, your fears?  You are a coward.”

Strong words – and necessary words for the purposes of the episode.

But they are strong and necessary words for our culture also.

A joy to watch and to hear (the episode can be seen on the CBS website.)


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5 Responses to A Pleasant Surprise

  1. Lisa says:

    I was curious about your statement “strong and necessary words for our culture also”.

    Can you elaborate?

  2. David Whitaker says:

    i think what Jack meant by saying that those words are necessary for our culture also is that so many people find it easier to get rid of something that they think (not that they actually know, cause who can tell the future) will not work out in the end… but it can make a difference in someones life if you take time to take care for them and learn to love them

  3. Rich says:

    So refreshing to hear of a story where someone actually stood up for the rights of the child, and held the parent accountable. How many times do we see shows or movies where the writers use the old, tired, and by the way, INCORRECT story device that the adopted child (or foster or step or…) didn’t fit in, had an axe to grind, and were the cause of umpteen variations of calamity, crime, and/or grief. I bet none of those writers have adopted children. I’m sure none of them ARE adopted children!

    More proof that our society embraces the ‘blame the victim’ philosophy. Thanks for making us aware of the good stuff, Jack.

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