The Lifetime TV movie I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story tells the real-life story of a young African American girl named Regina Louise who went through 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before she turned 18. When she was 13, Louise met a woman named Jeanne Kerr Taylor, a 31-year-old single white woman working at a shelter who wanted to adopt Louise. But the court denied her petition to adopt Louise. According to Louise, a black social worker told a judge: “It’s unnatural, your Honor, how much she loves this woman.” Louise believes “my social worker didn’t want Jeanne to adopt me because she was a white woman and I was a black girl.” In retrospect, Louise adds, “Apparently, a white woman loving a black girl was tantamount to genocide.”
Decades later, in 2003, in the same courthouse where a judge denied Taylor’s petition to adopt Louise, Taylor, age 59 adopted Louise, who was then 41. That same year Louise wrote her extraordinary memoir Somebody’s Someone. In the Lifetime movie I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story which premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, April 20 at 8 pm, Louise is portrayed by Angela Fairley; Jeanne is portrayed by Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time).
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