Christ Child House


Behind the wrought-iron gates of a nondescript house on Detroit’s west side, 31 boys experience life in Michigan’s foster care system. More than half are legal orphans, their parents’ rights terminated because of neglect, abandonment or abuse. Many have already exhausted a string of foster homes, arriving at Christ Child House for its routine and structure, and for the chance to be children again.

Detroit Free Press photographer Kathleen Galligan was the catalyst for this project, spending over three years at Christ Child House to document life photographically. She and I then teamed up to spend an additional year shooting video. The project led to the adoption of several children from Christ Child House. It received a national Emmy award and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.