Frontline documentary on the child welfare system and foster care

The child welfare system in America is one of the least understood of government functions. This is surprising in that few government functions have such a major impact on American families and the well being of children. Under any circumstances, a careful examination of this system would be warranted. Given the profound changes it has undergone in the past five years, the effects of which are almost unknown to the public at large, the case for investigating this system is even more compelling. This grant supports the production of a two-hour FRONTLINE documentary on child welfare issues. More specifically, the first hour would focus on the case of Logan Marr, a five-year-old girl who died as a result of her involvement in Maine's child welfare system. The second hour would provide a close-up look at the Maine Department of Human Services. Although this documentary would focus on one state's child protective service, the picture it would paint is universal. This project will be considered successful if it resulted in the airing of this FRONTLINE documentary on PBS and if it helped to inform the national policy debate on child welfare reform.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $400,000.00

Awarded on: 11/11/2002

Time frame: 11/15/2002 - 1/31/2004

Grant Number: 46801


WGBH Educational Foundation

125 Western Avenue
Boston, 02134-1008

Jessica Cashdan
Project Director