Eye Wang Pictures, Inc.
Training Material DVD
This 1 hour, 23-minute documentary, chronicles the separate journeys of Patrick Brown, a single, white father in Seattle, and Hasna "Hannah" Siddique, a newly married Bangladeshi-born mother of two in New York City, as they fight to make their families whole again after their children were taken from them due to neglect. Through intimate, vérité footage, the complex bureaucracy of America's child welfare system and the powerful role that poverty and other challenges play in keeping parents and children apart are explored. The film shows the workings inside of the Seattle’s Family Treatment Court, the disparity between various State systems, and the often-overlooked and unappreciated role that social workers, lawyers, and parent advocates play as cases drag on for years. (Author abstract modified)
foster children; Removing child from home; family reunification; substance abusing parents; poverty; homelessness; court ordered treatment; family courts; parental advocacy; child welfare reform