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Kickstarter Pick: 'Aging Out'

MUSICEYES & EDGE
Kickstarter Pick: 'Aging Out'

Who: Chris Crary and Vishnu RajanWhat: “Aging Out,” a documentary about a man’s search for his birth mother and the foster care systemGoal: $10,000So far: Successfully raised $11,200The story:Two years ago, Vishnu Rajan realized he wanted to find his birth mother.He eventually found an uncle on Facebook and got her phone number. He bought a calling card and on Christmas Day 2011, he dialed his mom.She picked up.Rajan’s search for his mom in India is one of the themes in “Aging Out,” a documentary directed by his friend, Chris Crary. The two raised more than $11,000 on Kickstarter and received a grant from the nonprofit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to pay for film production and the trip to India. They’re hoping to finish all filming and editing by August.When they first met, Rajan was pretty quiet, Crary said. Over time, though, Crary learned more about Rajan, who struggled with the challenges of being in foster care. Though loving foster parents eventually took him in, he always wondered about his biological mother. Crary encouraged him to share his personal story to be an example of hope for other foster care kids.When foster care kids turn 18 years old, they “age out” of the system and are no longer wards of the state. Many of them become adults without a home, Crary said. The Dave Thomas Foundation steps is partnering with “Aging Out” to spread the message that foster care children need permanent homes, preferably adoption.Rajan is now living in Orange County, Calif., to pursue a career as a photographer, but in March, he'll reunite with Crary and a crew for their journey to New Delhi and Raipur, India. They’re not sure what to expect when Rajan first meets his mother, but they’re prepared to capture the drama on camera. At the end of the movie, Rajan also plans to introduce his foster parents and ask them to adopt him.“You need to have a family,” Crary said. “You need to have a home.”This is part of a series of profiles about socially-conscious Kickstarter campaigns. See Sunday's story about seed-savers and Monday's story about a revolutionary cook stove in Kenya.Written by: Dominique Fong