Film Writer – Author – Radio Co-Host – Activist
Eugenea Couture is a mother of four and a native of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. At age four, she was forced into the foster care system in southern Alberta. Her story is a powerful memoir that takes the reader through a cycle of four generations. Beginning with her great grandmother, a Metis woman, who endures the pain of her daughter, losing the custodial rights of her children. This begins a sequel as her grandchildren and great grandchildren become adults.
Without her family, Eugenea who is in the third generation, faces a fractured existence in foster care. Her biography mirrors an underworld of secrecy, abuse and violence. She desperately wants it to stop but is trapped in a broken system as she is forced to move through 11 homes. The challenges of finding good parents is nearly impossible and Eugenea becomes a prey to multiple strangers that she is supposed to trust.
As an adult and mother, Eugenea was determined to never lose her kids as her mother and grandmother had done in the past. Over the decades, Eugenea does an extensive manhunt to find her family but it comes to a dead halt when the Government refuses to open sealed records. Her refusal to never give up and burning desire turns into countless years of fights against legislation for her sibling rights. Along the way, she reveals her life-time of silence in her memoir, “Adoption Not an Option”, and builds an unyielding power of resources to benefit others who are seeking for the birthright of their family.