Welcome back to our monthly series of Things We’re Into, an update on everything CASA staff is buzzing about! We’re here as Certified Professional Enthusiasts to keep the series going with some ~super~ recommendations on movies, articles, and everything else in recent memory that pertains to our advocacy at CASA.
Without further ado, here are some recommendations we at CASA are raving about right now.
If your Netflix queue is running low, watch
Foster, streaming now on HBO
“Is there anything so omnipresent but as little understood as the foster care system? Everyone knows it provides places to stay for children who don’t have safe homes, but what does that mean, and how exactly does it work?
Writer-director Mark Jonathan Harris and producer Deborah Oppenheimer, veteran documentary collaborators, do more than answer those questions; they’ve created an intimate, intensely dramatic film that holds us in its grip like a page-turning novel. Except it’s all true.” via Los Angeles Times
Dawnland, streaming on May 21 at 5:30 pm CST
“For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.
Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.”
I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story, streaming on Lifetime
“This film is based on a true story about Regina’s experience in foster care through 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities. But there was one woman who believed in her, and she became her lifeline. It was a very thought provoking story!
It makes you realize sometimes small things, such as just letting a child know we believe in them, leaves a lasting impression on the kids we serve.” - Hollie Toups, Teen Advocacy Specialist
Avengers: Endgame, in theaters now
As we’re gearing up for the CASA Superhero Run, Avengers: Endgame is an important milestone for us as it is the culmination of 10+ years of Marvel superhero films! We can’t wait to see all of the Iron Mans, Captain Marvels, and Black Panthers on the race track come September!
If you’re on the hunt for a good read, check out
From Foster Care To Spelman: Graduating Senior Tiana Barnwell Shares Her Story Of Determination, Essence
"'I want [people] to realize that their situation does not define them,' Barnwell told Essence. 'Sometimes the struggles that you are dealt are the building blocks of your life. You don’t have to let it break you, but you can use that to build yourself up, to create your image, to create a story. That’s what I did.'"
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