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Melissa: Teen Mother in Foster Care

by Calamari Productions
Watch the intense struggles of a fifteen-year-old girl living in a foster home with her medical needs infant as she learns how to care for her daughter and returns to school.

Part of the 3-video series: Children in Crisis


Melissa: Teen Mother in Foster Care
Children in the foster care system face a variety of challenges, but when a foster child also has a child of her own, the challenges are drastically multiplied. This video follows the day-to-day struggles of Melissa, a fifteen-year-old foster child with a seven-month old medical needs daughter, Raven.

Raven, who was born with 50% brain damage, has been placed in a foster home with Karen, a foster mother who specializes in raising medical needs children. Raven has showed tremendous progress while under Karen's care, but she still requires multiple medications several times a day and frequent medical attention. Melissa, who was on the run even while giving birth to Raven, was recently placed in Karen's foster home as well, so she is now able to be with her daughter.

Focusing on the acute needs of one foster family, this video answers many questions about the nature of foster care. Melissa's story not only represents the journey of a teenager through the foster care system, but also shows how the foster care system handles teen parents and their children. Through candid interviews and the involvement of a dedicated caseworker, this video presents a day in the life of a teen mom in foster care as she faces her tremendous new responsibilities, and demonstrates the various interventions necessary to help Melissa and her child.

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If you want to increase your understanding of foster childrens’ experiences, this straightforward documentary is an excellent learning tool. This video can help demystify the most serious foster care cases so you will be more informed if working with clients in similar situations.

From watching this video, you will:
  • Learn about the experience of a teenage mother who is now in foster and the chaotic home life which led her to run away and land in the foster system.
  • Understand how foster system caseworkers conduct home visits as well as how cases involving medical needs infants are handled, and learn how about the high degree of care these children require.
  • Become more informed about severe foster care cases to enhance your practice when working with similar situations.
Length of video: 00:51:14
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-505-X
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-505-2
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Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the experience of a teenage mother who is now in foster and the chaotic home life which led her to run away and land in the foster system.
  • Understand how foster system caseworkers conduct home visits as well as how cases involving medical needs infants are handled, and learn how about the high degree of care these children require.
  • Become more informed about severe foster care cases to enhance your practice when working with similar situations.