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The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster family, consisting of an interracial lesbian couple (portrayed by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children (portrayed by David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Jake T. Austin, Cierra Ramirez, and Hayden Byerly).
The series was created by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, who also serve as executive producers alongside Jennifer Lopez for her production company Nuyorican Productions in association with ProdCo Original, Blazing Elm Entertainment and ABC Family Original Productions.
The Fosters follows the lives of Stef Foster (Teri Polo, Felicity, I’m with Her, The West Wing), a police officer, her life partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum, Sunset Beach, Rescue Me), a school administrator, and their multi-ethnic, blended family living in San Diego. Stef and Lena are the parents of Brandon (David Lambert, Aaron Stone) and the adoptive parents to twins, Jesus (Jake T. Austin, Wizards of Waverly Place) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez, The Secret Life of the American Teenager). In the pilot episode, the couple take in two foster children: Callie (Maia Mitchell, Mortified, Trapped) and Jude (Hayden Byerly, Parenthood) after being removed from an abusive home. Also part of their lives is Mike Foster (Danny Nucci, Castle), Stef’s patrol partner/ex-husband and Brandon’s biological father. Much of the series takes place in their quiet San Diego suburb, and Anchor Beach Community Charter School, where Lena works and the Foster children attend.