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Ma Vie de Courgette

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"After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love."--IMDb.com.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options.
DVD
2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Taken in: The Lives of America's Foster Children

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Almost half a million children in the United States are in foster care. These are young people abused or neglected in their homes, or abandoned by their parents. For the last 150 years, social welfare agencies have placed children in temporary foster care. What are the real long term emotional and psychological costs of this policy? This powerful film delves in to the lives of generations of children who have grown up in foster care. The centerpiece of the program documents a year in the life of fifteen-year-old Jeffrey Smith and his five-year-old sister Joanna after they are separated from their crack addicted parents and three brothers. They now live in a two bedroom apartment with a Spanish speaking foster mother who has three children of her own. With the help of a guidance couns [...]
Online
1999
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Aging Out

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Navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood is challenging for even the most mature and privileged youth. For three young people in New York and Los Angeles, making the transition to independent living is considerably more difficult as they "age out" of the foster care system. They suddenly discover that they're on their own for the first time. Aging Out chronicles the daunting obstacles that these veterans of foster care encounter as they are forced to fend for themselves. Daniella Anderson juggles her college career with the hard reality of raising her newborn child and paying her bills. David Griffin leaves foster care for the streets, goes on a self-destructive drug and crime binge, copes with homelessness and incarceration, and eventually moves to Alaska with the hop [...]
Online
2004
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America's Most Unwanted: LGBTQI Foster Youth in America

This documentary explores the lives of LGBTQ youth in California's foster care system. Many LGBTQ foster youth are thrown out of their homes for defining as LGBTQ before entering the foster care system, where they often encounter further abuse and homophobia. The statistics are staggering: 75% of LGBTQI foster youth in state care have experienced physical abuse and 66% preferred to live on the streets. America's Most Unwanted lends the case for more access to LGBTQ foster parenting and adoption by providing a human face to youth whose lives would have benefited from such support.
Online
2016; 2011
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Hotel for Dogs

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Foster children Andi and Bruce have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their charges. Their mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday, their secretly adopted dog, in an abandoned old hotel where they find several other stray dogs seeking shelter. They, along with three other local kids, begin caring for the strays. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs. The police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound. The kids attempt to rescue the dogs and it might just land them in separate group homes. Bernie, their social worker, will have to somehow convince the au [...]
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Shazam!

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For one 14-year-old boy, life can be a challenge sometimes. With all of the usual crises that accompany being an adolescent, foster kid Billy has some additional obstacles in life. A chance encounter with a mystical wizard completely changes everything. And it's not long before this boy discovers that one phrase grants him the ability to make a transformation into a superhero. In fact, it couldn't be easier. All Billy needs to do is shout "Shazam!" and then suddenly he morphs into an all-powerful superhero. But it turns out that possessing power doesn't necessarily make everything in life easier.
DVD
2019
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map