SugarFree: Foster Care Cognitive Dissonance

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Q. What is SugarFree: Foster Care Cognitive Dissonance?
A. SugarFree is a thought-provoking, emotional and hopeful one-hour, one-woman play. It explores the effects of growing up in foster care that leave young adults poorly prepared to enter adulthood and the responsibilities that go with it. The play was written, produced and is acted by Shari Walker, who spent much of her teen years in foster care.

In the author's words: “SugarFree Foster Care combines the difficult journey of foster youth through my perspective as both a social worker and foster child. I interspersed poetry, personal narrative, humor, and real-life experiences for a theater experience that tugs at the heartstrings of our greatest human needs in the midst of the social welfare system's inadequacies.”

Q. Why is the subject of the play so important?
A. The challenges that youth leaving the foster care system are staggering:
• 1 in 5 will become homeless after age 18
• Only half will be employed at age 24
• 1 in 4 will suffer PTSD
• 71% of women will become pregnant by age 21
• Less than 3% will earn a college degree

Q. What is the goal of the play?
A. The author seeks to get the attention of community, social welfare and government leaders who have the power to reform the system; as well as foster youth between ages 14 and 26 and the general public who can make a difference through mentoring and donations to non-profits serving this population.

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Reviews

"Art is an experience. Good art is felt. When you walk away you carry it with you. You can tell, that was Shari’s intention. It’s more than a one women play and spoken word poetry. It’s a movement. I know that I am moved to act. At the end of the show you can take a pamphlet with ways that you can give a foster youth the same kind of love she received. Which was the fuel to the brilliant light that took that stage last night. Go to the show! If you can not make it and want to know more about her story, she did a podcast episode on, If it’s not 1 Thing it’s your Mother"

sweet - Lupe


"Shari Walker bares her soul and brings the audience into her journey as a foster youth. The emotionally moving piece weaves together vignettes of her life seamlessly with sociological, policy, and advocacy perspectives. There are moments in the show where tears just sprang from my face; I felt so grateful for her journey and to be invited into it. She puts flesh on the stories and struggles of foster youth."

sweet - Ji Son


"Art is an experience. Good art is felt. When you walk away you carry it with you. You can tell, that was Shari’s intention. It’s more than a one women play and spoken word poetry. It’s a movement. I know that I am moved to act. At the end of the show you can take a pamphlet with ways that you can give a foster youth the same kind of love she received. Which was the fuel to the brilliant light that took that stage last night. Go to the show! If you can not make it and want to know more about her story, she did a podcast episode on, If it’s not 1 Thing it’s your Mother"

sweet - Lupe


"Shari Walker bares her soul and brings the audience into her journey as a foster youth. The emotionally moving piece weaves together vignettes of her life seamlessly with sociological, policy, and advocacy perspectives. There are moments in the show where tears just sprang from my face; I felt so grateful for her journey and to be invited into it. She puts flesh on the stories and struggles of foster youth."

sweet - Ji Son