Caught in the System
Over half a million kids live in foster care, and many are neglected, unloved and viewed as a paycheck by their new family. Dr. Phil takes a hard look at the harsh realities these forgotten kids face and sends an urgent message about the need to repair this ailing system.
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Jessica, 24, aged out of foster care six years ago after bouncing from one home to another. She says her childhood was so horrific that she witnessed the murder of her 5-year-old sister â€¦ by her mother and stepfather.
Dr. Phil and Robin are the national spokespersons for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which trains volunteers to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.
Juan is 18 and has lived in 25 foster homes during his childhood. Now that he's been emancipated, he has no job, no identification and jumps from couch to couch.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, created a foundation called Payton's Play it Forward to improve the lives of needy families and children.