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Annie E. Casey Foundation, NASW invite you to Screening of “Tough Love”

Patrick Brown goes to court in an effort to reunite with his daughter Natalya. Photo courtesy of "Tough Love" film.

Patrick Brown goes to court in an effort to reunite with his daughter Natalya. Photo courtesy of “Tough Love” film.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) invites you to a screening of “Tough Love,” a documentary that looks at two families struggling to reconnect with children taken from their custody.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is hosting the screening, which will be held June 17 in Washington, D.C. NASW is a partner in the event.

The film from award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal looks at two families — one in Seattle and the other in New York City — that are working with courts, social workers, and others to reunite with their children.

In Seattle, single father Patrick Brown, who struggles with alcohol and gambling addictions, is doing counseling and other steps to bring his four-year-old daughter Natalya back home. However, after an emotional July 4 holiday with his daughter he has a relapse that threatens his plans.

The “Tough Love” screening will be June 17 from  6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET at the Capitol Visitors Center Congressional Auditorium and Atrium. Visit this website to sign up to attend.

In New York, Bangladeshi mother Hasna “Hannah” Siddique is working to regain custody of two of her children who were removed from her care due to neglect charges. Siddique and her new husband Philly are pregnant with her third child.

Patrick Brown goes to court in an effort to reunite with his daughter Natalya. Photo courtesy of "Tough Love" film.

Hasna “Hannah” Siddique and her husband Philly. Photo courtesy of “Tough Love” film.

Struggling to find adequate housing, Hannah and Philly discover they are unable to reunite with Hannah’s first two children, who were from Hannah’s previous relationship. They may also lose custody of their newly born daughter as well.

“Tough Love” will air on PBS channels in July. The Washington, D.C. screening is in June, which is National Reunification Month.

Events during National Reunification Month celebrate the accomplishments of parents and the professionals who help them bring their children home safely.

“I hope ‘Tough Love’ gives audiences a glimpse of the lives inside the child welfare system, the lives of the families and workers who spend countless days navigating the complex bureaucracy,” Wang-Breal said. “Because at the end of the day, it is a system made of people.”

Social workers play a key role in helping helping ensure children live in safe homes, building stronger families, and helping build new families through adoption. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Adoptions and Foster Care website.

 

 

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  1. I want to see this.

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