Christie Erwin has hugged a lot of foster kids, but never while they were in the middle of being interviewed for a short film in hopes of being adopted.

That changed last year when a 15-year-old who was asked on camera what was hoped for in a family, responded by saying, “I want to be able to hug somebody,” and then started crying.

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