How does it feel to grow up in a world where nobody loves you? That's what the children of the Maclaren Children's Center in El Monte California deal with every day. Opened in 1961 as an Emergency Foster Shelter, Maclaren quickly deteriorated into a last minute holding facility for implacable foster children age infant to eighteen. Most were Severely Emotionally Disturbed, many were delinquents, and all were neglected. Known throughout the state as the 'Alcatraz' of foster care, it was more violent than most state prisons with an average of six assaults every day. Even though children were supposed to stay for only forty eight hours at a time, almost all children ended up making Maclaren their permanent home. And so there they sat, behind Maclaren's 15-foot perimeter wall, waiting to be adopted but knowing no one would. After all, they were the unwanted. Dumping Ground examines the position that most foster children are in: They are alone and expected to function in a world that ...
Some kids don't fall through the cracks, they're pushed.
23 December 2004 (USA)
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Filmed on location at the abandoned Maclaren Children's Center, the foster care facility on which the film is based. See more