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FRONTLINE; FAILURE TO PROTECT: The Caseworker Files

02/06/2003

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Series
FRONTLINE
Program
FAILURE TO PROTECT: The Caseworker Files
Program Number

2111K1

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

The removal of a child from an abusive or neglectful parent is one of the most drastic actions a government undertakes; and yet it does so with little or no public scrutiny. In 2001, the state of Maine gave FRONTLINE unprecedented access to observe the daily lives of its child protection caseworkers, with whom the decision to remove children begins. In a companion presentation to "Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr," FRONTLINE cameras follow a small set of caseworkers in one office as they interact with families and each other, dealing with the excruciating dilemmas and heartbreaking choices that confront them every day. "Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files" is both moving and probing, asking such questions as when should a child be removed? How much damage do we do to children in the name of helping them? And when should parents lose the right to raise their own child? Following the documentary is " Failure to Protect: A National Dialogue," a one-hour discussion on America's child welfare policies co-presented by the Fred Friendly Seminars and moderated by NBC's John Hockenberry.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
News
Public Affairs
Citation
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; FAILURE TO PROTECT: The Caseworker Files,” 02/06/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24BFCFDBD5CA4A5CB423BBF7761FFFBA.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; FAILURE TO PROTECT: The Caseworker Files.” 02/06/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24BFCFDBD5CA4A5CB423BBF7761FFFBA>.
APA: FRONTLINE; FAILURE TO PROTECT: The Caseworker Files. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24BFCFDBD5CA4A5CB423BBF7761FFFBA
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