Meet ‘Mom USA,’ The Woman Who Has Fostered Over 1,000 Kids
“You can’t write the beginning of your story, but you can write the end,” said a foster child featured in the HBO documentary, “Foster,” which premiered earlier in May during Foster Care Awareness Month. This message has been brought to life thanks to longtime foster moms like Earcylene Beavers, 71, who fostered over 1,000 children and adopted three and serves as the legal guardian for several others.
Three decades ago, the compassionate foster mom, whose moniker is “Mom USA” started fostering children at her Los Angeles home while working a full-time job. She was so reliable and loving that social workers would drop newborn infants off every two weeks. In many cases, the babies had just been separated from their birth parents due to drug use.
“I’ve been a foster parent for at least 27 years,” said Beavers who started fostering after experiencing infertility issues. “I like challenge. And I think I might have asked for too much challenge.” Beavers’ emotional journey is among one of the first-hand accounts from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services featured in HBO’s “Foster.”
The moving documentary highlights both foster care children in different phases of their lives and the perspective of parents in the system. As for Beavers she set the tone with her foster children right away. “When they came to me, it was like, you’re not in a foster home. You’re in a family,” she said.