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Families First [electronic resource]

Public Affairs Television (Firm)
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Foster care in America, which was designed as a last resort for families in trouble, has become a commonplace experience for many children today. In this program, Bill Moyers examines a growing national movement that has achieved success in keeping troubled families together through the innovative strategy of working with them in their homes. Modeled after a 1974 pioneer project called "Homebuilders," this approach is known as "family preservation services" (FPS). In the program, we visit with families throughout the U.S. as they deal with personal crises that threaten them with the loss of their children to foster care. Their stories, and the stories of the caseworkers who help them learn the skills they need to stay together, offer a candid look at one of our society's most distressing problems, and at a promising approach to coping with it.
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90 min.
9 & up
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on May 24, 2012.
  • Introduction to Families First (2:31)
  • Human Cost of Splitting Families (2:46)
  • New Breed of Social Worker (3:06)
  • A Second Chance (2:52)
  • Basic Parenting Skills (3:33)
  • Structure in the Home (2:16)
  • Hope for a Good Family (3:52)
  • Jump Starting Families (2:32)
  • No Substitute for Family (3:23)
  • Home Builders: Families First (1:56)
  • Environmental Neglect (3:29)
  • Modeling Parenting Behavior (2:06)
  • Building a Sense of Power (4:38)
  • Gatekeepers of Foster Care System (3:05)
  • Home Builders: Help (2:16)
  • Family Communication Skills (4:01)
  • Improved Communication (5:07)
  • Feminized Poverty and Family Preservation (4:19)
  • Mended Family (4:35)
  • Success Stories (2:34)
  • Call for Help (4:10)
  • Family in Crisis (4:25)
  • Crisis Management (3:13)
  • Continued Support (2:04)
  • People are Worth Change (4:08)
  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity (1:39)
  • Credits: Families First (2:17)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], cuuuu.
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4902 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (90 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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