Child abuse is one of the central themes of The Lost Boy. David's abuse at the hands of his mother is what causes him to become part of the foster care system, which saves his life. After he's taken from his mother, David begins the slow process of healing from the emotional and psychological damage caused by the abuse. This causes him to act out, which eventually lands him in juvenile hall. David's foster mother, Lilian Catanze, warns him of the consequences of his bad behavior. This helps David get his life on track. The foster care system isn't always a safe place, however. While living with the Joneses, David learns that Jody Jones has been accused of statutory rape. It's implied that these rape accusations are groundless.