Blair Underwood visits foster care program

February 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An Oakland facility that helps young people in foster care transition to independent living welcomed a special guest on Wednesday.

Actor Blair Underwood visited the Independent Living Skills Program, which helps young people with life and communication skills, as well as job training.

Underwood has committed his support to the facility, as well as foster kids nationwide. He says foster care does not deserve the bad rap it gets.

"I wanted to do, actually produce a TV series about young people in foster care. I cannot sell the show, because people say it's too depressing. There are painful things yes, but there's hope. This organization, this building, represents hope, that's what excites me, there is hope," said Underwood.

Underwood says his association with programs like this, is also personal.

His sister was in foster care before she was adopted by his parents.