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Dependency: The Pennsylvania Dependency Benchbook, 3rd edition is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist family court judges and child dependency practitioners in the process of helping abused and neglected children and their families. The Benchbook was written by Pennsylvania judges for Pennsylvania judges.
Fostering Futures I introduces the science and psychology of working with and understanding teens who have been traumatized. It provides tools including“Possible Selves” that provides questions for the CASA Advocate-Mentor and their youth to explore dreams for an exciting future, and the steps that it would take to accomplish that future.
*This recording is meant for review purposes only and not in exchange for the Fostering Futures training.
Fostering Futures II: Transitioning To Adulthood
Fostering Futures Level II the emphasis is switched to provide extraordinary resources for the Advocate-Mentor and the youth to research options for the youth’s future….and make solid action plans – together – to help the youth stay on task and launch well!
National CASA Materials
- The Whole Brain Child
by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
- How to Talk so Kids will Listen and How to Listen so Kids will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
- Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights
by Julie Nelson
- Porcupette Finds a Family
by Vanita Oelschlager
- Maybe Days
by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright
- Murphy’s Three Homes
by Jan Levinson Gilman
- Healing Days: A Guide for Kids who have Experienced Trauma
by Susan Farber Straus
Childhood Trauma Videos
- Antwone Fisher
(Based on a real person, foster care, abuse, sexual abuse)
Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins.
- A Beautiful Mind
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
- The Blind Side
(Foster care, drug abuse, success story, based on real person)
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
(Foster care, abuse)
To impress a potential client, financial advisor Ken Matthews signs up to be a counselor at a camp for kids in the foster system.
(Race and class issues)
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
- Dolores Clairborne
(Physical abuse, sexual abuse, mother-daughter relationship)
A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.
- Freedom Writers
(Education, race, ‘at-risk’ teens, based on real person)
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
- Gimme Shelter (2013)
(Based on true story, teen pregnancy, foster care)
A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her dad and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.
- Gracie’s Choice
(Teen taking care of siblings, drugs, incarceration)
A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and 1 half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail
- I Am Sam
(Parenting, mental disability, custody battle)
A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
(Poverty, abuse, sexual abuse, teen parent, custody issues, education)
In New York City’s Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
- The Pursuit of Happyness
(Poverty, homelessness, parenting, based on real person)
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
- Short Term 12
(Foster care, group home life)
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
- White Oleander
(Neglect, foster care, group home, substance abuse)
A teenager journeys through
Movies: For Children
- Anne of Green Gables
An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her firey spirit and imagination.
Broadway musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. A young orphan girl’s adventures in finding a family that will take her.
- Despicable Me
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.
- Hotel for Dogs
(Foster care, poor foster parenting, siblings, adoption)
Animals are strictly forbidden at Andi and her little brother Bruce’s foster home. But for Friday, the adorable dog they secretly care for, they’re ready to risk everything.
- Kung-Fu Panda Series
(Adoption, cross-species parenting)
In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.
- The Fosters
(Foster care, adoption, interracial adoption, LGBT families)
A multi-ethnic family mix of foster, adopted, and biological kids are being raised by two moms.
- Our America with Lisa Ling
Documentary series on marginal groups, including nontraditional families of many types. In 2014, aired a special on foster care.