Since November of 2009, millions of Americans have been flocking to the theater to see the Blind Side, a movie based on the inspiring real life story of NFL Player, Michael Oher, and his adoptive parents, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. We were all thrilled to see the movies’ incredible success culminate last week in leading lady, Sandra Bullock’s, receipt of an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy. Last September, CCAI had the great privilege of honoring Sean and Leigh Anne as one of three 2009 Angels in Adoption. Having had the honor of spending two days with these real life heroes, I can say that the movie is but a glimpse of the incredible people that they both are.
The morning after the Oscars, Leigh Anne sat down with the Today show to discuss her reaction to “Sandy’s” big win. Leigh Anne puts into terms what we all know to be true. First, that we as a country cannot afford to continue and sit by while tens of thousands of children age out of a foster care system without ever having the promise of a permanent, loving family fulfilled. As she so beautifully puts it, in doing so, we are taking the risk that the man or woman with the ability to cure cancer will instead get lost in a life on the streets. And her second point is equally powerful. Making a difference in the lives of children in foster care is something we can all do something about. Some of us may feel called to be a foster or adoptive parent to these youth. Others may feel called to mentor them. And others still may choose to use their voice to speak out on their behalf. Whatever our calling might be, the important thing is that we step up and answer it.
It is my sincere hope that we have yet to see the real impact this movie has had on the minds and hearts of Americans. It is my fervent prayer that the message of this movie inspires Americans to learn how they might make a difference in the life of a young person like Michael. And in the meantime, CCAI will continue to use its voice to speak out for these amazing young people and the impact that having a loving family can have on their lives.