FOSTER PARENTS SPEAK explores foster parenting today through the experience and insights of foster families. Foster parents speak candidly about the challenges and rewards in developing shared parenting relationships with birth families and professionals.
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
Run Time: 23 minutes
Public Performance Rights: yes
Awards: Silver Hugo (INTERCOM/Chicago Film Festival), Silver Davey Statuette, Bronze Telly Statuette, Honorable Mention (Chris Awards)
Bonus Material Includes: Scenes from other award-winning PSP videos
It is superb. I think all of the breadth of knowledge that these various foster parents bring to the table gives one a sense of both the challenges and the fulfillment of being a stand-in parent for kids who are in limbo. I think the world has funny views about who and what foster parents are, and these parents give us a sense of the integrity, the dedication, the insight, the perseverance, the humor, the anger and the frustration that all go into the mix. Raising children who come to you in a crisis and who are traumatized is not easy. . . This film is illuminating, educating and essential to let the world know what it means to foster.
— Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, Founder and CEO, Center For Family Connections
The video truly depicts building bridges between foster parents and birth parents. It supports the best interest of the child throughout and is a great resource! It definitely fills an unmet need.
— Karen Jorgenson, Executive Director, National Foster Parent Association
At last, an honest and moving film that captures the essence of what it means to be a foster parent in America This is a film that all child welfare professionals and parents should watch.
–Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Executive Director – National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning
An excellent training tool to get foster parents talking about the challenges and joys of working with birth parents. The voices of the foster parents bring reality to all our talk about the value of true partnerships for children.
–MaryLee Allen, Director – Child Welfare Division, Children’s Defense Fund