Flaws In The Child Welfare System

A documentary that will focus on the flaws within the child welfare system in the United States.
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Stephanie Mclean
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Chicago, Illinois
United States
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My name is Stephanie Crockett-Mclean and I am an elementary school teacher.  I am working with some very talented people to produce a documentary that will expose the injustice that exists in the child welfare system.

We will highlight what happens when children are lost in the foster care system, and suffer abuse at the hands of those designated to protect them.  

Our film will chronicle the lives of my nieces who spent more than six years caught in a system of abuse,  and our tumultuous battle to correct the wrong and emerge as whole and intact as possible.  

My nieces were taken from their mother due to her issues with substance abuse, and the caseworkers failed to notify their father, my disabled brother, and terminated his parental rights.  The record is clear that they didn't try to notify him, and when we presented in court, they didn't try to rectify their mistake. They fought us tooth and nail and never told the girl's we were fighting to see them. 

We refused to walk away. He had done nothing wrong, and wanted to see his kids. So we fought  the case all the way  to the Illinois State Supreme Court where we were vindicated.  

Through our documentary my nieces will detail what their lives were like living with the sick, emotionally depraved foster family, their struggle to reintegrate into healthy normalcy, having been reunited with their father and now living with me their paternal aunt. They will render in heart wrenching simplicity the struggles of the past, their fears for the future and the difficulties they face today.  

Please help us make this documentary so that another child, another family, does not have to endure what we did. If our story helps to keep  families free of needless governmental intrusion, we will have succeeded. 


Gifts & Goals

 

  • We are seeking to raise $10,000 which will cover production costs, equipment rentals, post production (editing, color correction, sound design), and most of all: PROMOTION!
  • $10 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support

    $25 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support / Thank you in the credits of the film

    $50 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support / Thank you in the credits of the film/ A Custom Video E-Card from the girls

    $100 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support / Thank you in the credits of the film/ A Custom Video E-Card from the girls / A Custom T-Shirt made by the girls

    $250 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support / Thank you in the credits of the film/ A Custom Video E-Card from the girls / A Custom T-Shirt made by the girls / Pizza Party with the girls

    $500 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support / Thank you in the credits of the film/ A Custom Video E-Card from the girls / A Custom T-Shirt made by the girls / Pizza Party with the girls / Name Committee - You help us name the film!

    $1,000 - A Photo E-Card from the girls thanking you for your support / Thank you in the credits of the film/ A Custom Video E-Card from the girls / A Custom T-Shirt made by the girls / Pizza Party with the girls / Name Committee - You help us name the film! / Executive Producer Credit

  • Even if we only raise 25% of our budget, this film is going to get made.  We appreciate all donations.  The more we raise, the better the film can be!

The Impact

Help us empower the advocates and change agents that understand the powerful role mental illness, poverty and prejudice play in keeping parents and children apart—and the challenges parents must overcome in order to put their families back together.  

Other Ways You Can Help

 

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