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May 2012Vol. 13 No. 4Documentary Highlights Youth in Care

A new documentary film highlights the experiences of youth in foster care in Vermont and the kinship and foster parents who open their hearts and homes to them. The film also features parents whose own children have entered foster care and their efforts to have their children return home.

The focus of Ask Us Who We Are, produced by independent filmmaker Bess O'Brien, is on the feelings of hurt and loss experienced by youth in care and their search for belonging and family. Released in 2011, the film gives a voice to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care across the nation. Youth discuss their feelings about their birth parents' struggles, the challenge of living apart from their birth families, the perceptions of others about foster care and the child welfare system, and more.

The film comes packaged with two discussion guides and can be used as an educational resource in schools or as a training tool for professionals. It is available for purchase on the Kingdom County Productions' website: