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Big Mama

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Depicts a devoted, elderly grandmother's struggle to raise her orphaned grandson in South Central Los Angeles. She must contend with her own declining health and a bureaucratic and legal system that continually threatens to force them apart.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Stolen Generations

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" ... The story is told of a state-sanctioned attempt to assimilate and, thereby, eradicate a race ..."--Container label.
DVD
2000; 2004
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The Media [electronic resource]: Inside Story

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Explores the media as an integral part of American democracy, highlighting its scrutiny of the performance of public officials, the interdependence of politics and the media, and the power the media wields in selecting the news. Examples include the Washington Post's investigation of the deaths of 240 children and subsequent challenge of D.C. Child Protection Services; the press' revelation of the dangers of smoking during the "Tobacco Wars", and a field trip to CNN.
Online
2003
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Domestic Violence and Children [electronic resource]

Severely wounded, their mother kept crying out, "Please don't kill me! Please don't kill me!" What effects do the sights and sounds of domestic violence have on the malleable minds of children? In this program, ABC News anchor Hugh Downs seeks to answer that question through interviews with Betsy McAlister-Groves, director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, and some of the deeply scarred children who have seen and heard far too much.
Online
2007; 1999
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Growing Together [electronic resource]

In a frenetic culture where skewed body image messages mislead the young and nutrition repeatedly loses out to convenience, children's physical and psychological well-being are increasingly at risk. In response to this alarming situation, psychologist Jodi R. Galin and registered dietitian Andrea McDonough have created Growing Together, a three-part kit designed to help educators, parents, caregivers, health professionals, and community leaders protect children from developing obesity and eating disorders. It consists of Watch Me Grow! Stop to Listen!, a 32-minute documentary-style video filled with authoritative information - including how to recognize "red flags" that may signal a need for professional attention - as well as tips, tactics, and ideas; a supplemental guidebook that e [...]
Online
2006; 2004
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Child Abuse [electronic resource]: We All Can Work Against It

This video speaks directly to adults and children with two helpful segments on confronting child abuse. The first emphasizes that adults in supervisory roles have clear responsibilities, not only to overcome fears of reprisal and report suspected abuse, but also to create a safe environment in which children can freely express problems. The reassuring second segment counsels children that they have a right to be safe and protected, and suggests that they identify trustworthy adults to approach if needed. Both segments clearly illustrate the need for communication and the idea that child protection must be a shared goal.
Online
2006; 2004
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Date Violence [electronic resource]: Young Woman's Guide

The need to have someone special in your life is particularly pressing in adolescence. But what happens when that relationship turns violent? Using dramatizations, this program offers information to teens on how to recognize an abusive relationship, and what to do about it. Media glorification of sex and violence, dysfunctional male role models, and thirst for control are examined as the roots of male violence toward women. Forms of abuse range from criticism, insults, humiliation, withholding affection, control over decision-making, and name-calling, to hitting, biting, and forced sex. A discussion on the importance of self-esteem, and how to rebuild it after leaving an abusive relationship, concludes the program on a hopeful note.
Online
2007; 1997
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Breaking the Cycle of Abuse [electronic resource]

According to child behavior experts, one in three people abused as a child will also use physical force on her or his own children. This edition of Primetime spotlights three primary caregivers of one or more young children-a 63-year-old grandmother, a 36-year-old mother, and a 29-year-old father-who are hoping to beat those odds by taking part in a mentoring program for at-risk caregivers called Parent Aide. The people in this video are filmed at their worst-and also at their best as they begin to apply the new behavior-modification techniques to the children's actions as well as their own. Commentary by Alan Kazdin, director of the Yale University Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic and author of The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, is featured.
Online
2010; 2009
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Real Life Teens [electronic resource]: Teens and Runaways

This program discusses running away and the issues that may lead a teen to leave home. Possible solutions to home problems are also discussed, as well as where to turn for help when faced with problems that may lead a teen to consider running away. Subjects covered include what a runaway is and the two types of runaways; how to cope with problems at school or home; alternatives to running away; open communication with parents and guardians; and where to turn for help. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010; 2007
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Real Life Teens [electronic resource]: Broken Homes

With divorce on the increase, many teens are a product of broken homes. This program discusses broken homes and their effects on teens. Subjects covered include the meaning of divorce; coping with divorce; the effects of a broken home; reactions to divorce; emotional acceptance of divorce; parents' views; stepparents; and where to turn for help with problems at home. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act.
Online
2010; 2003
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A Home for Maisie [electronic resource]

Like far too many children in foster care, Maisie has suffered abuse and neglect almost all her life. She desperately wants to be adopted, but early experiences have left the 7-year-old with a vast store of anger, confusion, and distrust. Several families have tried to adopt Maisie but found her behavior too challenging, so she was bounced again and again back into the foster care system. Maisie's luck changed when she met Jim and Sue, a couple who had already adopted eight troubled kids. With the help of an agency that specializes in counseling the most damaged children, Jim and Sue hope to help Maisie overcome her traumatic past. This film follows their journey over a one-year period, documenting the many obstacles that all three must overcome in their bid to give Maisie a home.
Online
2011
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I'd Rather Be Home [electronic resource]

Norman is caught in a cycle of physical abuse at the hands of his grown son, and yet when given the opportunity to live safely apart from him in an adult care facility, says he would rather be home. In candid interviews Norman recalls the close relationship he once had with his son and expresses confusion about the brutal behavior the man now exhibits. He's reluctant to press charges and his wife denies that any beatings occur, and thus the rounds of violence, remorse, and relapse continue. A follow-up to the story presented in Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies, this program documents Norman's situation over a period of seven years, raising many issues central to dealing with elder abuse cases.
Online
2011; 1998
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Families First [electronic resource]

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 distres [...]
Online
2012
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Street Journeys [electronic resource]: Using Theater to Transform the Lives of at-Risk Youth

Shangilia Mtoto wa Afrika (Rejoice Child of Africa) is an orphanage in Nairobi that uses performing arts as a tool to improve the lives of street children-and, in the process, change the negative stereotype of these children held by Kenyan society. This inspiring documentary tells the story of how veteran actress Anne Wanjugu created Shangilia-and how, after she suddenly passed away, the organization overcame obstacles that arose with the loss of their dedicated "Mama Anne." Archival footage of Anne Wanjugu, interviews with Shangilia children, and rehearsal and performance clips from Kenya and the U.S. offer multiple perspectives on urban poverty and the healing potential of the arts to transform troubled children once looked upon as a danger to society. "It is the stage that has hel [...]
Online
2012
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Sayonara Baby [electronic resource]: Japan's Legal Barriers to Parental Rights

Returning home to find her two children and her Japanese-born husband gone, Regan Haight soon discovered that Japanese law and custom were heavily stacked against her. But Haight's isn't the only case in which the Japanese legal system is on the side of a kidnapper spouse. Australian Chayne Inaba has long battled for access to his daughter, to no avail. Craig Morrey first saw his daughter fleetingly in a courtroom when she was six months old. And Alex Kahney was forced to return to Britain, leaving behind two little girls abducted by their Japanese mother. Japan has long resisted signing an international agreement laying out the rules for these cases, and although Japanese leaders have signaled that their position could change, the so-called left-behind parents still struggle to keep [...]
Online
2012
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The Child Welfare System [electronic resource]: In the Child's Best Interest

Winner of the national Edward R. Murrow Award and several Emmy Awards, this documentary contains extraordinary footage of actual juvenile court proceedings involving sexual abuse - including interviews with the kids and families affected, as well as with the juvenile judges and service professionals charged with helping at-risk kids and families.
Online
2000
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Devon, Kenneth, and Kentrell: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode (the first of two parts) are the stories of Kenneth Gant and his brother, Kentrell - two brothers from Gary, Indiana; and Devon, a young man on the verge of aging out of the juvenile system.
Online
2009
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Devon, Kenneth, and Kentrell: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Filmed inside Indiana's Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex, this documentary is one in a series of programs exploring where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what's at stake for kids, families, and professionals in the system. Featured in this episode (the second of two parts) are the stories of Kenneth Gant and his brother, Kentrell - two brothers from Gary, Indiana; and Devon, a young man on the verge of aging out of the juvenile system.
Online
2009
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Children in Crisis [electronic resource]: The Chelsea Felton Story

Since she was a toddler, Chelsea Felton displayed severe behavioral problems that left her mother, Linda, unable to care for her. Dramatic mood swings, violent outbursts, and false calls to emergency 911 operators claiming her mother is dead all led Linda to finally give her child away to the custody of the state. This program covers Chelsea's story from its beginning when her mother makes the wrenching decision to turn her daughter over to the state for care and rehabilitation, her placement at a residential treatment facility, and the follow-up seven years later. Included are interviews with Chelsea and her mother, the family's social worker, placement facility staff, and others.
Online
2003