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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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Miguel and Ricardo: (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 Ricardo Pizano, a troubled teen with few options aside from life on the streets; Michael Shane, a young man facing a robbery charge; and Miguel Colon, a bright 17-year-old who impresses Lake County's staff with his intellect, but frustrates them for his repeat appearances in detention.
Online
2009
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Miguel and Ricardo: (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 Ricardo Pizano, a troubled teen with few options aside from life on the streets; Michael Shane, a young man facing a robbery charge; and Miguel Colon, a bright 17-year-old who impresses Lake County's staff with his intellect, but frustrates them for his repeat appearances in detention.
Online
2009
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Kymyada and Kevin: (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 16-year-old Kevin Wells, who at the tail end of a 100-day stay at Lake County reaches his breaking point; and teen mother Kymyada, who has a penchant for running away and flouting her own mother's authority.
Online
2009
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Kymyada and Kevin: (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 16-year-old Kevin Wells, who at the tail end of a 100-day stay at Lake County reaches his breaking point; and teen mother Kymyada, who has a penchant for running away and flouting her own mother's authority.
Online
2009
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Aaron and Ayryana: (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 Aaron, a self-proclaimed car thief and charmer who finds himself at a legally perplexing place at the crossroads between juvenile status and adulthood; and Ayryana, a young woman who ran afoul with the law while trying to be a responsible guardian to her younger brothers.
Online
2009
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Morris and Rodrick: (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 Rodrick, a young man who by all accounts was on the right track in turning his life around, but now finds himself back at Lake County; and Morris, a 16-year-old whose anger problems have created problems for him at home.
Online
2009
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Aaron and Ayryana: (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 Aaron, a self-proclaimed car thief and charmer who finds himself at a legally perplexing place at the crossroads between juvenile status and adulthood; and Ayryana, a young woman who ran afoul with the law while trying to be a responsible guardian to her younger brothers.
Online
2009
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Morris and Rodrick: (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 Rodrick, a young man who by all accounts was on the right track in turning his life around, but now finds himself back at Lake County; and Morris, a 16-year-old whose anger problems have created problems for him at home.
Online
2009
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Profiles of Delinquency [electronic resource]: Joshua

Joshua Cordell, a seemingly soft-spoken and mild-mannered 13-year-old, finds himself in juvenile court on charges that he battered his own mother. This character profile illuminates how juvenile crime is not only a social issue but, all too often, a family one as well.
Online
2003
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Profiles of Delinquency [electronic resource]: Aaron

A self-described "charmer" and admitted car thief, Aaron can't keep his hands off the wheel. With an extensive rap sheet that spans years, staff at Lake County Juvenile Justice soon learn there are more wrenching details to Aaron's story. This profile highlights the human side of the juvenile crime dilemma and the tenuous position offenders find themselves in on the brink of adulthood.
Online
2009
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Review Hearing and Emergency Foster Care [electronic resource]

The next step in the Pitcock saga is the court hearing that takes place three days following the removal of the two boys from their home. This program documents that first hearing, as well as the family's thoughts before and after their day in court. The film then follows the parents on their first visitation with the boys after they are placed in emergency foster care, pending the court's ability to find family or other temporary placement.
Online
2000
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Emergency Home Removal [electronic resource]

One evening in March 2000, cameras followed Child Protective Services on a response call to the home of the Pitcock family for an investigation of alleged physical abuse. This program covers the emergency home removal of the children by the Department of Child Services.
Online
2000
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Social Worker Home Visit [electronic resource]: A Medical-Needs Foster Child

When 15-year old Melissa Evans gives birth to a baby girl with cerebral palsy, she has nowhere to turn for help. After leaving the hospital without her newborn, Raven, the baby becomes a ward of the state. Due to her medical condition, Raven is placed in the home of a special-needs foster parent. This program follows a home visit by Melissa's social worker, allowing us to see how she handles both cases, that of Melissa and of her baby.
Online
2003
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When Kids Cross Over [electronic resource]: DeLena's Story

Prior to the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, foster care drift posed unique challenges for kids in the child welfare system. This program follows DeLena Hodges who entered that system at age 4 after a case history of parental neglect. By age 14 she was pregnant; by 15 she had lived in 20 different foster homes, before finding a stable, loving environment in the home of foster parent Cathy Brown. While it seemed she was a picture of success, DeLena was still a teenager facing challenges few people could understand - so when she forged two checks in the name of the foster mother she loved, everyone was shocked.
Online
2003
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Counseling and Psychology [electronic resource]: Fixing the Family

One evening in March 2000, filmmakers followed Child Protective Services on a response call to an investigation of alleged physical abuse. This program gives an overview of the Pitcock case, with emphasis placed on the measures taken by the court to help the Pitcock family come back together and to curb any likelihood for further abuse in the home.
Online
2000
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Mental Health Considerations [electronic resource]: Shauntee

Jacob has spent a great deal of his teenage years incarcerated. As a self-mutilator, his case both perplexes and disturbs those who care for his rehabilitation. He reveals for the first time a childhood filled with abuse, attempted murder, and total abandonment. Observing the same case of Shauntee from Principals of De-escalation: Shauntee (item #52362), counselors offer perspectives on working with juvenile offenders having mental health issues and tendencies toward self-harm.
Online
2008