- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

There were lights, cameras and even an action star. But this time, the attention was being directed at the country’s more than half million foster children.

Actor Bruce Willis went to a recreation center in Northwest yesterday to help kick off the Fostering a Future scholarship campaign for foster children. The star of the “Die Hard” movies said he stepped up as spokesman for the issue because the system’s problems — and possible solutions — were getting little attention.

“I look at it as a way of serving my country. I’m too old to fight in the military,” said Mr. Willis, 49, who has been involved with foster children for nearly three years. He said he has thought about raising foster children, but is busy with his three daughters.

Mr. Willis thinks the federal foster-care system is stuck in the 1940s, with a lack of computers and no communication between states.

“Most of the files are still handwritten,” he said.

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams — who was in foster care before being adopted at age 4 — joined Mr. Willis. He told some of the city’s foster children — more than 2,800 ? that there is reason for optimism.

“With a loving home and lighting that fire, dreams really come true,” Mr. Williams said.

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