- "We can't quit. We're Adams Fosters. We don't give up. We don't give in. We fight. And we have each other, we're not alone."
Callie is the oldest biological daughter of Robert Quinn and the deceased Colleen Jacob. She is the step-daughter of Donald Jacob and the adoptive daughter of Stef and Lena Adams Foster. She is the maternal half-sister of Jude, the paternal half-sister of Sophia, and the adoptive sister of Mariana, Jesus, and Brandon.
Her rough upbringing and tumultuous past caused her to witness many injustices and be the victim of countless crimes and abuse. After being adopted, Callie quickly became a social justice fighter with strong beliefs about equality. After high school, she attended and graduated from UCSD after studying in their law program. Shortly thereafter, she received and accepted a job offer to work with a federal judge. She has witnessed inequality and is familiar with the system that she is fighting to change through policies.
Callie is portrayed by Maia Mitchell.
Callie Jacob was born on July 11, 1997, to Colleen Jacob. Callie's biological father, Robert Quinn, was a wealthy upperclassman who had been in love with Colleen. Robert's family disapproved of their relationship and they decided to elope. However, after pressure from the Quinn's, Robert divorced Colleen and they went their separate ways. During this time, Colleen found out she was pregnant with their child but chose not to tell him. When Callie was six-months-old, Colleen married Donald Jacob, and Callie grew up believing Donald to be her biological father. Donald adopted Callie and her name was legally Callie Jacob. Donald and Colleen then had their first child together, as one whom they named Jude.
When Callie was ten, her mother and step-father, went out to dinner. Donald became intoxicated and drove while under the influence. His recklessness caused a car crash that killed Colleen. Callie struggled with deep regret on how her last conversation with her mother went, having been mad at her and refusing to kiss her goodbye before she left. After hearing about her mother's death, Callie lashed out and destroyed her bedroom. She was so upset that she blocked the incident from her memory and thought that -year-old Jude, who witnessed the event, destroyed her room.
After Colleen's death, Donald was arrested and later convicted for manslaughter. Callie and Jude were placed in the foster care system. Callie was forced to grow up to care for her younger brother. They moved in and out of many homes, some of which proved to be abusive. This also made her into a motherly figure for Jude, and as a result, she shielded him from any harm even if at the cost of her safety.
After many years in the system, the siblings were placed with the Olmstead family. The parents already had a son, Liam, who was four-years-older than Callie. Callie bonded with Liam, as he was nice and flirty to her. A romantic relationship was forbidden among foster siblings, which turned Callie away from him. However, Liam was persistent. Callie eventually gave in and began a secret relationship with him. However, late one night, he snuck into her room and they made out.
Callie didn't want to have sex, but he didn't listen and raped her. Callie was disgusted by the actions but didn't know what to do, as the home had been the best one they'd ever been in - until now. Shortly after the rape, he claimed that she was the one who came onto him and wanted a relationship, not him. Callie and Jude were quickly thrown out of the house, and Callie felt guilty about everything that happened. It wouldn't be for another few years that Callie was able to get justice by having him incarcerated him for rape.
In another home a year later, Jude tried on a dress owned by their foster father's ex-wife. The man walked in on Jude wearing it and was infuriated to the point where he began violently beating him. Callie attempted to intervene, but was kicked in the stomach and tossed aside. Refusing to watch her brother be assaulted, she took a baseball bat to their foster father's car to avert his attention from Jude to her. He called the police and she was arrested for destruction of property and put in juvie.
After saving her brother, Callie waited for the courts to decide what would happen to her. On the day of her release, she was attacked by a few girls who were jealous of her for being released. Soon after, a social worker from child protective services, Bill, contacted Lena Adams and requested she come meet the teen. He explained that he wanted to send her to Lena and her partner, Stef, as there aren't any male authority figures there, which he thought would be beneficial to Callie.
Callie moved in with the Adams Foster family and was later reunited with her younger brother, Jude. Stef and Lena decided to foster the siblings so that they would be in a safe environment until they could find a permanent home. In "Consequently", Bill told Lena and Stef that Callie and Jude never stayed at a foster home for more than six months, something which initially alarmed them. However, he insisted that it wasn't something the kids did, but rather bad things seemed to happen to them.
She developed a romance with Brandon, Stef's biological son, shortly after moving in with the Adams Foster family. Callie knew that being in a relationship with a foster sibling wasn't allowed and that she could get kicked out of the house along with Jude. She told Brandon this, and they decided not to act on their feelings. However, in "I Do", they kissed and began a relationship. They then secretly dated for a brief time. However, they broke up after they realized Callie needed a family more than a boyfriend. While it was difficult for them to move on and accept each other as siblings, they gradually learned how to do so. During this time, Jude was adopted by Stef and Lena.
Callie then met her biological father, Robert Quinn, and the two began to form a relationship. She also met her half-sister, Sophia, and the two girls seemed to form a relationship. Robert loved Callie and wanted to adopt her, something Callie fought against as she wanted to be part of the Foster family. She agreed to try and form a relationship with him and did want him in her life. However, she informed Robert that her "forever home" is with the Fosters and that they are her real family. He finally allowed the Fosters to adopt Callie in, "The End of the Beginning". He withdrew his custody suite and officially signed away his legal parental rights.
After a battle with the legal system, being placed into a group home, an investigation by the court officials, and founding Fost and Found, Callie went before an adoption judge one last time. She delivered a moving speech about foster kids' inability to make their own decisions, which moved the judge greatly. He granted her adoption and she was officially adopted by the Adams Foster family. She then legally became Callie Adams Foster.
A year or so later, Callie graduated from Anchor Beach Community Charter School and decided to pursue her dream of being a lawyer and helping other foster children. She was accepted into UCSD and graduated with her BA in four years. She planned to move to Los Angeles to be a clerk for Federal Judge, Curtis Wilson. She decided to share an apartment with Mariana.
Callie Adams Foster, a recent college graduate from the UCSD law program, joined her adoptive sister Mariana in a new adventure in Los Angeles. The sisters, now roommates, moved into a communal housing project, which Callie rebuked at first. She felt betrayed by her sister who lied about the type of apartment building they would be living in. Callie also struggled to balance her life as a progressive clerk for conservative Judge Curtis Wilson and a passionate twenty-something-year-old.
She was soon faced with both moral and ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Especially so after Judge Wilson appointed her first major docket case as a judicial clerk: the Jamal Thompson case. The case itself sparked debate and conflict in both her professional and personal life, especially with her fellow housemate and activist, Malika Williams. Callie soon found herself bonding with her fellow Coterie housemates, especially her temporarily non-exclusive partner, Gael Martinez. Callie and Gael embarked on a passionate yet fleeting romance, however, their relationship was forced to take a backseat to their respective careers. In the meantime, she rekindled her old friendship with her fellow lawyer, Jamie Hunter, and increased her sisterly bond with Mariana.
Callie is independent, intelligent, artsy and very loyal as well as protective over her loved ones. Throughout the show, she is shown to always put the needs of others ahead of herself, even if it costs her trouble. As a result of living and growing up in the foster system for the majority of her life, Callie is tough and sometimes closed off. However, she is also compassionate and kind at the same time.
She loves her younger brother Jude very much, always putting him ahead of herself and has even risked her life for him as seen in the Pilot episode. It is also shown that she doesn't care what happens to her, also seen in the pilot, as long as she knows that he is safe. As a result of taking care of Jude for most of her life, she has a strong tendency to sometimes act like his mother instead of his sister, much to Jude's frustration.
Callie is a beautiful girl with an oval-shaped face, light olive complexion, almond-shaped brown eyes, and shoulder-length brown hair. Her hair was normally straightened in the beginning of Season 1, but in later episodes, it was normally curled. Callie initially wore plain, dark clothing. Later though, she began dressing in more colorful and comfortable tops, usually paired with jeans and casual shoes. As she progressed through high school, Callie gradually transitioned into more striking clothing with shades of girliness. Callie normally doesn't wear a lot of makeup unless attending a formal event.
After graduating college, Callie cut her hair to a chin-length bob, which she wears straightened. Her sense of fashion is more chic and modern as well, with an upper-class style to it. She dresses professionally when working.
Callie and her adoptive sister, Mariana, are on the highway heading for Los Angeles. They are recapping the last few years of their lives, with Callie having graduated from law school and now clerking for a federal judge. The sisters are singing and dancing in their seats, laughing as the head to their new apartment. The sisters park and begin to realize that things aren't how they expected them to be. Callie recognized The Coterie as a different kind of living arrangement, and is shocked to learn that it is a communal living apartment and that her sister lied to her - again. Once outside, their U-Haul has been towed and they have to pay a large sum of money to get it back. When they find it, they are appalled to learn that they had been robbed, and the only things left in the U-Haul were their mattresses.
From there, they head to a little thrift store to get clothes for the morning and have fun in the shop. They befriend the owner and dance with her, play with the clothes, dress-up in silly outfits, and even find some dolls that resemble them. Ultimately, they find the clothing that they need for the next day and head back to the Coterie. Back at the Coterie, Mariana falls asleep almost instantly, while Callie has more difficulty. She gets up and takes a glass of wine to the roof, where there are a pool and a nice view. She is enjoying the view when Gael Martinez exits his loft, strips down, and goes for a nighttime swim. She admires the new view and they eventually begin discussing how Callie is new to the Coterie.
They bond over art and their upbringings before Gael takes her to his loft and shows her his art. They flirt heavily and tease one another while in the loft, before eventually making out and having sex. The next morning, both sisters oversleep and have to hurry out the door to be on time. While leaving, Mariana calls out to her friend and co-worker that recommended the apartment, and Callie is shocked to see Gael. Callie plays along with Mariana introducing them and Gael rolls with it. When Gael leaves, Mariana once again expresses interest in being physical with him before they go their separate ways to work.
Once at work, Callie is introduced to her fellow clerks Rebecca and Benjamin, who seem to be friendly enough. They begin working on a case in which Callie views it as a political activist and progressive argument, while Judge Wilson does not and rules the opposite as what Callie suggested. Rebecca and Benjamin warn her about crossing him, and Rebecca observes that Callie is just making things harder on herself by clerking for a conservative judge while she is a progressive activist. Callie only nods saying that it's kind of her thing, and proceeds to write her paper from a passionate and progressive viewpoint.
Back at the Coterie, her and Mariana talk about their days and both lie about how amazing their jobs are. They then attend communal dinner with the rest of the residents and learn more about their new roommates and Callie learns about the Jamal Thomspon case from Malika. At some point in the night, Callie confronts Gael and tells him that she wants to keep what happened to them a secret because Mariana likes him. They have sex again that night, and Callie immediately expresses guilt and says that it can't happen again. That night, Callie admits to Mariana that she slept with Gael which causes a fight between them and Callie expresses that she doesn't want to live at the Coterie. Mariana states that she does and leaves the room.
While working on her summary for the latest case seemingly the next day, Callie receives a call from Mariana who is sobbing at Speckulate and says that she needs her sister. While Callie originally shoots her down and says that she is busy, Mariana continues to sob over the phone. Much to the chagrin and disapproval of her fellow clerks, Callie heads over to her sisters work to comfort her. The girls go to the roof of the building and talk about how rough things have been, and Mariana expresses that she feels alone. Callie encourages her not to give up and reminds her that they are Adams Fosters, they don't give up, they fight. She reminds her that she isn't alone and that they have each other.
Back at the courthouse, Judge Wilson informs everyone that the previous judge assigned to the Jamal Thompson case had a heart attack and that he was now taking over the case. He then calls Callie into his office to go over her report and scolds her for viewing the argument from a passionate side and not a logical one. He seemingly is angry at her, however, when she exits she regretfully informs her fellow clerks that Judge Wilson had chosen her to clerk the Jamal Thompson case. Rebecca and Benjamin congratulate her and head back to work as if nothing happened, but Callie seems rather uneasy.
At the Coterie, Mariana and Callie are having wine while dipping their feet in the water. They apologize for their actions toward one another, and Callie admits that she slept with Gael again. They look over at Gael's loft where he is beginning to undress and are shocked to see that Gael has another man over. Gael and the man begin to kiss and seem to be hooking up, and Callie guzzles the rest of her wine, while Mariana gives up her claim to him saying that her sister can have him.
Callie struggles to recover from finding the, "Coterie Bitches" group chat on Mariana's laptop. She remembers vividly the messages mocking her and shaming her, especially for being protective over her property. She is then confronted by Gael who yells at her for not telling him that Jamie bought his painting, and not telling Jamie that she helped Gael make it. Despite her objections, Gael angrily admits that he wishes he never met her and that she didn't live at the Coterie so he didn't have to look at her every day. Hurt by his words, she leaves without saying a word to him.
Callie blows off Mariana in the days to come and even throws out her tea mug so it won't be a problem again. She stops into her apartment and gets clothes for Jamie's, despite Mariana's objections that it isn't a "Raj night". Callie begins staying at Jamie's more often.
She is reminded of how huge of a sacrifice it is to take on a class-action suit by Teresa. After getting much-needed advice from Jamie, Callie tells Marcus that she can't handle the class-action suit along with her regular duties. However, when Sariya from the ACLU wants to assist with the case, even if it may set back Callie studying for the bar, Marcus has presented an opportunity Callie can’t pass up.
At the end of the day, Mariana returns and finds a letter from Callie explaining that she's decided to move out of the apartment and in with Jamie. She would be back for the rest of her things later that week, and would continue to pay the rent until the end of the lease, or until Mariana found a new roommate.
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Main article: Cude
Jude is Callie's younger half-brother as they share the same mother but a different father. They share a strong bond with each other, having had to rely heavily on each other during their six-year time period in the foster system. Callie often acted as a mother toward Jude, something that occasionally annoyed him following their arrival at the Adams Foster House. Their relationship faltered a few times, however, they ultimately remained extremely close. Callie was openly supportive of Jude's sexuality and liked almost all of his boyfriends, while Jude was supportive of her relationships - except for her one with Brandon. Jude was adopted into the Adams Foster Family before Callie due to complications with her biological father, which upset Jude. When Callie was finally adopted, he was thrilled and they were able to live together once more. They drifted apart during college, and due to Jude's emotional state and it being more of a challenge for her, Callie took a job offer in Los Angeles to be closer to him.
Main article: Cophia
Sophia is Callie's younger half-sister via their father, Robert Quinn. The girls were unaware of each other's existence for fifteen years until Callie was going to be adopted by the Adams Foster Family. They met and instantly felt a connection to one another, and started to form a bond that resembled that of a sisterly one. They eventually became friends and called each other sisters. Their biggest falling out happened when Sophia blocked Callie from getting adopted by Stef and Lena, however, they were eventually able to reconcile. Callie even supported Sophia through her parents' painful separation and divorce, and Sophia lent a helping hand during the Justice4Jack campaign.
Main article: Brandon and Callie
Brandon and Callie first met when Stef and Lena brought Callie into their house, and they became foster siblings. However, their relationship evolved rather quickly to a romantic one. While they tried to deny these feelings, they eventually grew became an official couple despite the various roadblocks. When Stef's father dies, Brandon is tempted to tell everybody that they're dating, but Callie isn't ready. After a tough time, they agree to a mutual break up yet also confirm they do love each other - but Callie needs a family more than a romance. Their relationship eventually became platonic and sibling-like. They kissed a few times after this and even had sex while Callie was under the impression that she wouldn't be getting adopted. They later exchanged "I love you"s and After a difficult time on deciding what to do, they break up again in order for Callie to finally get adopted and agree to keep quiet about their night together. Callie was later adopted and they became adoptive siblings, and never dated again, despite lingering feelings resurfacing every now and again. Brandon later married Eliza Hunter.
Main article: Callie and Mariana
Mariana is Callie's adoptive sister and one of her best friends following Brandon. Callie was originally off-put by Mariana's seemingly privileged and spoiled attitude. The two had such strong, differing, personalities that they got into many arguments. When Stef and Lena decided to fully foster Callie and her younger brother, Jude, Callie was moved into Mariana's room. This led to them fighting more and simultaneously developing a deeper bond. Their biggest falling outs concerned Callie's relationship with Brandon, as well as Mariana's inability to keep a secret combined with both girls' lies. As the years passed, the girls only grew closer and referred to one another as sisters, especially after Callie was finally adopted into the family. After graduating college, the girls moved to Los Angeles and became roommates, where they currently are embarking on the next chapter of their lives.
Malika and Callie meet when Callie moves into the Coterie. While they don't initially bond they later do over their past in the foster care system and the way they grew up. They become friends, especially when Malika learns that Callie is an ally in the judicial system.
- Main article: Callie and Jamie
Jamie and Callie first met in "Meet the Fosters" at Eliza and Brandon's engagement party. They talked about being lawyers, with Callie finishing up her last year at UCSD and about to begin clerking while Jamie was working with a law firm. They bickered playfully over politics since Jamie is a corporate lawyer while Callie wanted to do the opposite. When Callie moved to Los Angeles, she reconnected with Jamie. They were initially friends, with him wanting more. They then entered a non-committed relationship where Callie was romantically involved with her fellow Coterie resident, Gael Martinez. When Jamie and Gael both no longer wanted to be non-exclusive, Callie was forced to choose between the men and chose Jamie.
Their relationship only progressed until they moved in together, initially because Callie wanted to escape the Coterie, but eventually became equal renters of the apartment. They have both said I love you, and have plans to take their relationship slow. So far, their biggest obstacle has been their differing political careers and professional goals.
- Main article: Callie and Gael
Gael is a fellow resident at The Coterie, the communal living place in which Callie and Mariana moved into. The two bonded on Callie's first night at the apartment and talked for hours about their aspirations, jobs, and art. They formed a bond and had a connection. This quickly led to them having sex in Gael's loft the night Callie moved in, despite the fact that Callie's sister, Mariana, had previously expressed interest in him. However, Callie was unaware of the fact that Gael was the man that Mariana was interested in until later. Callie and Gael had sex again, and then Callie tried to avoid him as much as possible.
At the end of the day, Callie and Mariana witness Gael having sex in his loft with another man, and Mariana gives up her previous claim to Gael. Callie avoids Gael for several days before the large party at the Coterie. There, Gael and Callie dance and drink together and both get wasted. In the meantime, Callie confides in her brother Jude Adams Foster about her concerns about dating a bisexual man. Jude tells her to just act normal and be herself, and she takes his advice. On the roof that night, Callie and Gael talk about him being bisexual. Gael assumes she has an issue with it, and when she says she doesn't, the two begin a non-exclusive relationship.
Main article: Callie and Wyatt
Wyatt was Callie's first boyfriend when she was released from Juvie and her rebound from Brandon. They dated for a while and even fell in love. During her relationship with Wyatt, Callie was forced to confront a number of tragedies from her past, including her rape, trust issues, and insecurities. They remained friends after their breakup until Callie learned that he had sex with her adoptive sister, Mariana, and they had a falling out.
Main article: CAJ
Callie and AJ are currently friends, former foster siblings, and exes. Their relationship had somewhat of a rocky start in the beginning. Callie first met AJ in while he was a runaway living on the streets. AJ had been standing on the sidewalk, asking passersby for money, which included Callie. When Callie dismissed him and said she didn't have any money to give him, and AJ harassed her and told her to "get back to her privileged life". Callie, offended, stopped walking and yelled that he doesn't know anything about her. They interacted several times after this, and she helped get him off the streets and into a safe foster home. They became friends, and he eventually started developing feelings for her and they started dating before they fell in love. Their relationship started to crumble when Callie met Aaron Baker, which caused AJ to become jealous. They broke up for good after Callie caught him kissing another girl, and he angrily lashed out at her and called her selfish and too much to handle. She was deeply hurt by this, and it affected her in her next relationship, which was with Aaron. They eventually were able to be friendly toward one another.
Main article: Caaron
Callie and Aaron met each other in the episode "Trust". The two get along right now and becomes friends. However, despite Callie having a boyfriend, the attraction between the two only grow. Eventually, in the episode "Dirty Laundry", they shared their first kiss.
Notes and Trivia
- Callie's Instagram account is @calliejac.
- Her middle name is Quinn, the surname of her biological father, Robert Quinn. Callie's mother, Colleen, lied and said Quinn was an old family name.
- She was officially adopted and became an Adams Foster in, "Lucky".
- She wore her hair in a ponytail at night.
- In high school, Callie worked part-time at Not A Burger Stand with her friend, Daphne Keene. She also regularly volunteered at a drop-in center for foster kids until she was fired in, "Wreckage".
- Callie has an auricle piercing in her left ear.
- Her favorite milkshake flavor is vanilla, a trait she shares with Robert.
- As a result of being in the foster system since the age of ten with her younger brother, Callie had to essentially take on a maternal role to Jude. She had trouble adapting to him no longer needing her as a maternal figure.
- Callie co-founded Fost and Found, a site for foster children to come together and use their voice.
- She is the only character out of her siblings not participate in on-screen underage drinking.
- Callie has an artistic side and is a talented singer, guitar player, photographer, and artist.
- She gained a 4.0 GPA at UCSD and graduated magna cum laude.
- Callie was the editor of "The Law Review" in UCSD.
- She was a clerk for Federal Judge, Curtis Wilson until she quit to pursue a law career rooted in activism.
- She is the second Adams Foster to live with someone she was dating, only following Brandon, who had briefly lived with Cortney Strathmore.
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- Click here to see Callie's quotations.
Characters (The Fosters)
|Main||Stef Adams Foster • Lena Adams Foster • Brandon Foster • Callie Adams Foster • Mariana Adams Foster • Jude Adams Foster • Jesus Adams Foster • Mike Foster|
|Recurring||AJ Hensdale • Emma Kurtzman • Ana Gutierrez Foster • Connor Stevens • Daphne Keene • Aiden • Becka • Carmen • Cole • Cortney Strathmore • Declan Rivers • Gabriel Duncroft • Grace • Hayley Heinz • Jack Downey • Jill Quinn • Kelsey • Kiara • Lexi Rivera • Logan Bayfield • Lou Chan • Mat Tan • Monte Porter • Mr. Timothy • Nick Stratos • Noah Walker • Poppy Sinfuego • Rafael • Rita Hendricks • Robert Quinn • Sophia Quinn • Talya Banks • Taylor • Tess Bayfield • Vico Cerar • Wyatt Casey • Ximena Sinfuego • Zac Rogers|
|Minor||Amanda Rogers • Captain Roberts • Chase Dillon • Dana Adams • Daria • Devonee • Donald Jacob • Eliza Foster • Ernesto Rivera • Evan • Frank Cooper • Gabi • Joe Gray • Karina Sánchez • Kat • Kyle Snow • Liam Olmstead • Nathan Adams • Olivia • Sarah • Sharon Elkin • Sonya Rivera|
Characters (Good Trouble)
|Main||Callie Adams Foster • Mariana Adams Foster • Malika Williams • Alice Kwan • Gael Martinez • Curtis Wilson • Davia Moss • Dennis|
|Recurring||Alex Wood • Angela Miller • Benjamin • Bryan • Casey Pierce • Dom Williams • Evan Speck • Jamie Hunter • Jeff • Joey Riverton • Josh Mandela • Kelly • Meera Mattei • Raj Patil • Rebecca • Sam Higgins • Sandra Thompson • Sumi • Jazmin Martinez • Isaac Hall • Marcus • Lisa • Cary Plack • Gwen Tuckerman • Kendra Zahir • Elijah Adrieux|
|Minor||Diana • Kate Nguyen • Libby Wilson • Tate Wilson • Trea Kwan • Rafael Martinez • Yari Clarke • Tolu • Bonnie Moss|