On May 26, 2006, California Connected brought you this look at an experiment in San Diego County where foster kids from abused and neglected backgrounds were given a novel chance at success. The teens — aged 13 to 18 — lived in the country's first combination group home/high school. They also shared the campus with people old enough to be their grandparents. The senior volunteers in the program were given one instruction only — to just care about the kids. The results may change the way you think about foster teens, about seniors and about family.
Since airing in 2006, "Family Matters" has become a KCET Thanksgiving tradition. We rebroadcast it with an update on the group home, which suffered a devastating fire in 2007.
Editor: Michael Bloecher