Multicultural Child Welfare Resources Essay

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TOUGH LOVE, a Documentary about the Child Welfare System

Directed by Emmy-nominated director, Stephanie Wang, Tough Love depicts the life and struggle of a couple, Patrick (hailing from Seattle) and Hannah (hailing from the city of New York), as they traverse the US child welfare structure’s red tape to reclaim custody over their kids. The two have undergone the trauma of having their children taken away by governmental authorities. The film features vérité-type footage, besides exclusive views of child welfare courts, portraying a personal and intimate record of the couple’s challenges and victory while they tackle prior mistakes and try to assert their eligibility to enjoy another chance at raising their children. All through the course of the movie, the kids’ foster parents are shown, in addition to judges in charge of the case and child welfare specialists who can clearly grasp the working of this complicated system (Stephanie, 2015).

The movie marks the first of its kind allowed a 12-month screening period within the Seattle Family Treatment Court. It depicts never-before-seen scenes of court roundtable meetings and attorneys’ and social workers’ levels of accountability, in addition to scenes portraying the many bureaucracies meant to be handled by parents and essential services required for bettering their reunification prospects with their kids (Kickstarter, 2017).

Synopsis (summary)

How do we identify good parents?

How does an individual declared inept try to prove his/her potential to act responsibly?

Does America’s welfare structure wreck familial relationships in the name of child welfare? And,

If it does, how can kids be assured welfare whilst simultaneously ensuring the child-parent bond remains intact?

Does America’s welfare policy benefit broken families in any way?

Parents undergo trauma and feelings of devastation irrespective of their situation and whether or not they have erred. It is imperative to find a balance between a child’s overall welfare and parental rights. Citing weak excuses such as transport problems for denying child access to parents, altering appointment times and dates, or altogether cancelling appointments serves no good. It is wrong to leave child-parent reunification to welfare workers. It is imperative to wholly obey court orders that grant parents child-visiting rights. Further, there is, perhaps, a need to do away with the obligatory pre-meeting drug tests. To sum up, there is a strong need to aid child-parent reunification rather than….....

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Stephanie (2015). TOUGH LOVE a Documentary about the Child Welfare System. Retrieved, 2, December, 2017 from

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