I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story tells the journey of a young African American girl who navigated over 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, and the one woman, Jeanne, who believed in her. After Jeanne’s unsuccessful attempt to adopt Regina due to a racially motivated ruling, their bond is forced apart. I Am Somebody’s Child is Regina’s story of how one woman’s belief and love becomes her lifeline as she defeated the odds of a corrupt system and succeeded. After 25 years, Jeanne is finally able to adopt Regina in the same courthouse that denied them previously.
Q&A to follow the screening
Panelists include: Actors Angela Fairley, Sherri Saum
Mary Keane, Executive Director, You Gotta Believe
Regina Louise, Author
Rosie Williams, Sr. Advocate for Youth, You Gotta Believe
Emmy nominated Sherri Saum most recently starred as Lena Foster on the groundbreaking, critically acclaimed series The Fosters and will be seen starring in two upcoming series, Limetown opposite Jessica Biel and Locke and Key on Netflix. Saum is a proud recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Ally For Equality Award.
Regina Louise, is the bestselling author of the most recent memoir, Someone Has Led This Child to Believe, and the National Bestseller Somebody’s Someone. Her memoirs chronicle what life was like for her, as an orphaned girl, navigating all factions of the foster care system. Failing more than 30 placements— foster homes, group homes and psychiatric facilities— Regina’s astonishing story is one of grit, guts and grace. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Regina Louise was most recently awarded the United States Department of Human Services Individual Achievement Award for reducing the number of minority children in foster care through adoption, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored her for her service in helping Los Angeles County foster youth.
Angela Fairley was born and raised in Orlando, FL. She started acting in her freshman year of high school. Besides weekend wakeboarding and lake fishing, drama in fact became a healthy escape from her personal life by providing goals. Whilst growing up, at first in foster homes, art & creativity were frowned upon as books & movies taught a “false reality.” Despite this home life, Angela’s interest in theater overshadowed almost all other aspects of life – social diversions, cheering, and various other studies. It became her singular journey of both learning her craft, and learning to love and see the value in herself.