The movies and series below were collected from lists from CASA agencies. These are suggestions that span various topics.
- Maid – TV Series 2021 about a single mother who turns to housecleaning to make ends meet a she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter Maddie. You can earn up to 3 hours of CE credit for this. Check to see where you can access it.
- 6 Balloons-a loyal sister struggles to stay afloat while driving her heroin-addicted brother to a detox center and looking after his 2-year old daughter. Available on Netflix. 75 minutes- 1.5 CE credit
- All Rise: For the Good of the Children- an in-depth look into a trauma-informed courtroom in East Texas who are working to heal families in the child welfare system.
- Black, White & Us- a documentary that explores racism in America through the lives of four white families who adopt African American children ad must overcome their own inherent biases to become advocates. 1.25 hours
- Florida Project – A drama following a mother and daughter who are living in a budge motel in Orlando outside of Disney World. 2 hours.
- Foster: HBO Special – A documentary about the foster care system specifically in Los Angeles County.
- Gimme Shelter-based on a true story about a pregnant teenager who flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected. She is forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative. 2 hours
- Know How- a musical written and acted in by former foster youth, chronicling their journeys through the foster care system in New York City. 1.75 hours.
- First Match- Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the boy’s wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father. Netflix 1.75 hours
- Girl- 15 year old ballet dancer Lara faces physical and emotional hurdles as she prepares for gender confirmation surgery. Inspired by a true story. Netflix
- Finding the Way Home: Focusing on stories of eight children who have been reunited with family members or placed in loving foster homes after experiencing the trauma of institutionalization, This is available on HBO
- Foster Care’s Invisible Youth- Seven LGBTQ youth from the foster care system share their stories. Failed by their families these young people go on to face rejection from foster families, invisibility within the system and incredible obstacles to healthy development. Available on YouTube