Based on a True Story

About

Ava Torres who plays Emma, Director MD Neely, and Samuel Goergen who plays Nick after filming has wrapped.

"Hard to Place" is based on a true story that happened in late 2018. The story was shared with us by two courageous kids who had experienced an increasingly hellish existence and decided to do something about it. Their names have been changed for the film, but the heart and the core of the story are true. our hope is that people will see the film and choose to be a part of answering the call of serving foster youth in their local communities.

Meet the Team

Joan Norris - DCBS Liason

Joan is a Family Services Office Supervisor for DCBS. Joan has supervised an ongoing team of social workers in this role since 2004. This team works with families that have abuse, neglect or dependent children in their family. The team’s main goal is to reduce abuse or neglect and any other type of maltreatment as it affects safety of all children. The team also provides services to foster parents and foster children as they strive to reach permanency through the reduction of maltreatment or through Termination of parental rights and Adoption for the children. Joan has work with community based serves for 33 years in various positions. Joan has a master of Public Affairs degree, and a bachelor of juvenile Justice. Joan and her husband have 3 adult children.

Brian Mavis - Executive Producer

Brian serves as president of America's Kids Belong, which unites government, faith-based, business and creative communities to end the foster care and adoption crisis in the U.S., state by state. Brian is co-author of "The Neighboring Church: Getting Better at What Jesus Says Matters Most" (HarperCollins). Brian has written curriculum for national campaigns including Bono's "One Sabbath Campaign," Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ," and World Vision's "Faith in Action" and "The Hole in Our Gospel." Brian and his wife Julie have two adult daughters, have been foster parents for years, and currently have a young man who aged out of foster care as part of their home.

Jedd Medefind - Executive Producer

Jedd Medefind serves as president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, which unites more than 190 respected organizations and a global network of churches. Through CAFO, this diverse alliance labors to inspire and equip Christians to reflect God’s love in wise, effective foster care, adoption and global orphan care. Prior to this role, Jedd led the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush. Jedd has worked, studied and served in more than 30 countries. Jedd has written many articles and four books, most recently “Becoming Home: Adoption, Foster Care and Mentoring” (Zondervan). Jedd and his wife Rachel have five children, and have welcomed little lives through adoption, birth and foster care.

Eric Epperson – Writer/Producer

Eric Epperson is vice president of Storytelling at Christ In Youth. Prior to his current role, Eric served as the senior director for CIY’s Æffect digital resources division. Eric has written and produced award-winning short films – such as “Aullido,” best short film at the 2015 Justice Film Festival – and compelling documentaries – such as “Love Costs Everything.” He has studied writing and improvisational comedy at the Second City in Chicago and is the co-founder and owner of Siblings Improv, where he performs regularly and leads corporate trainings on collaboration and teamwork. He currently lives on Route 66 with his wife and two daughters.

MD Neely – Director/Producer

MD leads the film team at CIY. In this role he serves all CIY programs – including marketing and administration. He has directed and produced films in 14 different countries, including the feature-length documentaries “Love Costs Everything” and “Becoming Sons & Daughters,” and the award-winning short films “Aullido” and “Unseen.” MD is a graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Film and Editing. MD teaches filmmaking to high school and college students through Ozark Christian College. He and his wife Sarah have five children.

Mary Lee England - Producer

Mary Lee England lives in Glasgow, KY. She is an advocate for the Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County and currently serves on the Ladies Auxiliary for the Austin Tracy Volunteer Fire Department. She works along side Kentucky Youth Advocates and coordinates the Face It Leadership Youth Council. Members of the Council represent a cross-section of Kentucky youth who either have a special interest in advocating for children who have been abused or neglected, or have been personally involved in the child welfare system. All members express an interest in speaking up for the voiceless. Mary Lee is a member of Union #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Nobob, KY. She and her husband Willie have three children.

Partners

America’s Kids Belong is a 501(c)3 organization that mobilizes government, faith-based, business and creative leaders around the goal of permanency and belonging for every child. Combining grassroots and “grasstops” methods, AKB runs innovative initiatives in states to help ensure that every child is in a loving home by recruiting more foster and adoptive families; engaging wrap-around support for at-risk, foster and adoptive families along the way; and helping youth who have aged out without a family top reach their full potential. Visit their site here.

Christian Alliance For Orphans unites 190-plus respected organizations and more than 720 church members. The organization labors in shared initiatives that inspire and equip Christians for effective orphan care, family preservation, adoption and foster care. CAFO works to see the local church in every nation known as the primary answer for the needs of vulnerable children in their midst. Click here for more information.

Behind the Scenes

Be a Kingdom Worker in Foster Care with these Three Steps:

1.
Watch the film "Hard to Place"

“Hard to Place” is based on a true story that happened in late 2018. The story was shared with us by two courageous kids who had experienced an increasingly hellish existence and decided to do something about it. Their names have been changed for the film, but the heart and the core of the story are true. Our hope is that people will see the film and choose to be a part of answering the call of serving foster youth in their local communities.

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Download resources

Foster Care Facts

AKB Follow Up Action Plan

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Foster Care Lingo

America’s Kids Belong is a 501(c)3 organization that mobilizes government, faith-based, business and creative leaders around the goal of permanency and belonging for every child. Combining grassroots and “grasstops” methods, AKB runs innovative initiatives in states to help ensure that every child is in a loving home by recruiting more foster and adoptive families; engaging wrap-around support for at-risk, foster and adoptive families along the way; and helping youth who have aged out without a family top reach their full potential. Visit their site here.

Christian Alliance For Orphans unites 190-plus respected organizations and more than 720 church members. The organization labors in shared initiatives that inspire and equip Christians for effective orphan care, family preservation, adoption and foster care. CAFO works to see the local church in every nation known as the primary answer for the needs of vulnerable children in their midst. Click here for more information.

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