Powerful Images Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Foster Children

Stories worth telling.

Rob Woodcox, a 24-year-old photographer from Portland, Oregon, creates surreal images inspired by a very harsh reality.

Rob uses his talent to tell the emotional stories of foster children and raise awareness about their lives.

When he was a baby, Woodcox was adopted by a relative. This life-changing experience inspired him to help other foster children.

Rob started a photography series titled "Stories Worth Telling" that centers around the challenges faced by every child living in foster care.

His images are meant to tackle their darkest, as well as most hopeful points in life.

This image, for example, confronts the broken feeling many foster children experience, but at the same time it shows not all hope is lost.

However, none of Rob's photographs feature actual foster kids because they cannot be photographed.

Woodcox uses volunteers as models instead.

This image, titled "The Conquerors", is dedicated to fighting the stereotype of labeling foster children as "damaged goods."

"Foster children are often labeled as "damaged goods." This stereotype could not be further from the truth. You have the opportunity to help children break the cycle and shatter the stereotypes; lifting these weights that can bury children and leave them feeling hopeless," Woodcox writes.

Using photography, Woodcox aims to inspire all kids to believe there is always hope in any situation.

"I would hope that they would come away with a feeling of acceptance, a sense of place, and that seeing this series would encourage them to continue pushing, and living, and growing as individuals," Rob says.

"Stories Worth Telling" was also a part of an Indiegogo campaign which raised nearly $12,000.

The sum was donated to the new location of Royal Family Kids' Camp in Michigan. These camps take care of abused, neglected and abandoned children.

Inspired by his project's success, Woodcox says he will continue the series over the next year.

Check out more incredible works by Rob Woodcox on his website or follow him on Facebook and Flickr

To get involved and help children in foster care, please visit Royal Family Kids' website. To find out more about adoption, visit Adopt Us Kids.

(H/T: Flickr Blog)

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