Early Childhood

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A Place to Call Home

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Children's Action Network are pleased to introduce a new, short film hosted by Henry Winkler. It features four heartwarming stories about families formed through foster care adoption - perfect for sharing with potential adoptive parents!
High School - Adult            15 min.           2006            DVD

High School - Adult
An Introduction to Mediation, Family Group Conferencing, and Concurrent Planning: Pathways to Permanence

This 30-minute video resource provides a quick, easy to follow, and accurate overview for those interested in these three emerging strategies. Narrated by a young woman who spent many years in foster care, the first segment of this video discusses the philosophies and processes of Family Group Conferencing. Used by trainers nationwide, this video's opening segment creates an emotionally compelling portrait of this approach. To order a free copy of this video, please call 1-800-ASK-DTFA or direct 614-764-8454. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Adult           30 min.           2000            DVD-175

The Boy Who Was Swallowed By the Drug Monster

Drugs are monsters that can swallow children! Ask the author of this video--it happened to her family. This video is the true story of an eight-year-old boy. It centers around the effects drugs had on him and his family. Presented in cartoon form, the viewer is unaware that the story is real until its powerful conclusion when the real boy, now an adult, speaks directly to the viewers from jail and tells how his childhood was taken away from him. Also included is an Instructor's Guide which provides a suggested presenter's script and follow-up discussion sessions. Since prevention is the greatest deterrent, this video can help all personnel hoping to curb the use of drugs in young people.
Grades 3-6               13 min.              1994               V-5036

Grades 3-6
Bullying: True Stories

Four young people tell their true stories about bullying. Daniel tells why he stopped his bullying behavior; Daniel’s target Courtney tells her story; Tre describes being shunned by a popular crowd; and Victor tells of being cyberbullied. We hear what actions finally stopped the bullying and how schools handled bullying.

Recommended for grades 4 through 12, parents, and other caregivers.  

Preview a two minute clip: Click Here 

Bullying: True Stories Discussion Guide

19:19 min.   2010        DVD-5155

Discipline: Teaching Limits With Love Hosted by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

Renowned child development expert Dr. T. Berry Brazelton explains why children actually look for behavioral limits. The video shows that a firm but gentle approach is best and demonstrates useful techniques to promote discipline. Learn why the limits children learn in their first few years can build a foundation for the rest of their lives. Dr. Brazelton also offers advice to help parents and caregivers manage their own emotions and avoid using physical punishment. 
High School - Adult            27 min.           2000           DVD-2011

High School - Adult
The Family Trap

First developed in the 1980s and updated in the 1990's, this video is the original foundation for understanding Sharon's family system concepts and the development of her roles (Family Hero, Scapegoat, Lost Child and Mascot). Not only are the roles an integral part of treatment and training programs, they have been used to understand systems in corporations, industry, schools, churches, foundations and any other group of people who develop a system.
Adult            41 min.           1988            DVD

Finding Forever Families

In the United States and Canada, thousands of children are legally freed for adoption. These children are often considered unadoptable because of their age, race, physical or emotional handicap or desire to be placed with siblings. This video dispels the myth that any child is unadoptable and provides best practices on how to recruit families for children based on the child's desires and needs.
Adult            35 min.           2002            DVD-124

Food & Fitness Matter: Raising Healthy, Active Kids

The dramatic rise in childhood obesity is one of the most serious health problems facing our country today. Reversing this trend starts with healthier habits at home. But parents can't do it alone. Many schools also play a role by serving unhealthy foods and cutting back on physical education and recess. Food & Fitness Matter provides parents the information and support they need to make changes at home and in their local schools. In the video, health and nutrition experts, including former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, explain: the health problems posed by the childhood obesity epidemic; how unhealthy food at school contributes to the obesity problem, as well as to learning and discipline problems.
High School - Adult            24 min.           2006           DVD-2014

High School - Adult
Look Who's Balking: The Baby Who Wouldn't Come Out

Raising a child requires much more than just good intentions. Many expectant parents, especially very young couples, don't realize what a tough job they will have once their baby is born. Taking a light-hearted, humorous approach to teaching a serious message, Look Who's Balking opens in a delivery room where a mother has been in labor for five days. Speaking from the womb (the voice of Henry Winkler), the baby refuses to be born until his parents promise to raise him right. The baby teaches the inexperienced parents some important lessons on prenatal care, discipline, self-esteem, and the importance of parenting classes and support groups, before making his long-awaited appearance. This program is an engaging media adjunct to Health, Prenatal Eduction and Teen Pregnancy, Sex Education, and Growth and Development units on parenting, family-child issues, and prenatal education.
High School - Adult            17 min.           1990           V-2004

High School - Adult
Men in Crisis/Fathers, Sons & Trust, v. 1

Records men grappling with the issues of father-son relationships. Shows how dysfunctional, shaming, absent and abusive fathers create continuing difficulties and crises of trust for their sons. Dr. Ken Druck, noted psychologist and author, discusses the havoc caused by such fathers in terms of the sons' perceptions of their fathers and themselves.
Adult              37 min.             1992              V-229

Men in Crisis/Feelings, Alcohol & Manhood, v. 2

Two men recount how their childhood experiences were a basis for their inability to feel and express emotions, for their addictions, and for questions about their manhood. Explored are behaviors and roles expected of boys in our society and the devastation created in young men's lives by their attempts to meet these expectations. Records how these men learn to identify their feelings and to deal with them on a day-by-day basis, and the role of men's groups in this process.
Adult              25 min.             1992            V-230

The Parent's License

To drive a car, you need a driver's license. To get married, you need a marriage license. To have a child, you need a parent's license. This is the premise of THE PARENT'S LICENSE, which takes place "in the very near future." To qualify for a license, prospective parents must prove they are mature, committed, loving, and actually capable of raising a child. We follow five couples that quickly learn that wanting to be a parent isn't enough. Through the power of magic, they find themselves in frustrating situations with their future children. How they behave determines whether or not they will be granted their license.
High School - Adult            16 min.           1991           V-2005

High School - Adult
Positive Discipline Without Shaking, Shouting, or Spanking

The frustrations of raising a child can lead parents to discipline by shouting, shaking, or spanking, behavior that all too often escalates into abuse. InJoy's all-new Positive Discipline series shows parents a different way. Using real life scenarios, this video contrasts harmful, reactionary parenting with more effective, positive-parenting techniques that are proven to be healthier for kids. After watching this program, parents will be able to put these new skills into practice and bring harmony into their homes.
Junior High - Adult            76 min.           2004            DVD-2009

Junior High - Adult
Preparing for Parenthood Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg

Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. This video explains the importance of prenatal care and shows expectant parents how to give their baby the best chance for a healthy start to life. The video includes information on: Forming healthy habits before and during pregnancy; The importance of prenatal care; How to prepare for your baby's birth; How and where to get help with your questions. 
High School - Adult            32 min.           2002           DVD-2010

High School - Adult
Reporting Child Abuse: Care Enough to Call

This DVD includes concepts regarding Idaho Child Abuse Laws, definitions of abuse, what information is helpful when you do report abuse, and helpful hints when talking with children about abuse.
High School - Adult            10 min.           2006            DVD-2013

High School - Adult
Reunited: Regaining Child Custody

A 25 minute video presenting crucial ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act) information to new parents entering the child welfare system. The information is presented by parents who lost their children largely due to methamphetamine related problems, got into recovery and regained custody of their kids. Produced by Eric Martin, M.A., CADC III, Jay Wurscher, CADC II and the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Adult              25 min.             2005             DVD-491

Safe from the Start - HOSTED by Gloria Estefan

Adult            2005            DVD-2015

SPLIT: Divorce through Kids' Eyes

In this powerful documentary, children share personal stories of divorce with honesty and depth.  Short chapters, such as "what happened,” "wishing,” and "what helps,” explore a broad range of experiences, and the diverse cast adds value to this remarkable film.


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 Ages: 6-16 years   28 min.   2013      DVD-5002


Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. Spookley the Square Pumpkin delivers a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun, accessible format that is easily grasped by young students. By making these advanced concepts easily understood by early learners, teachers can help stop bullying before it begins.

Online streaming of the movie is FREE for educators 
throughout October as part of National Bullying Prevention Month! 

Ages 2-7          45 min.          2004           DVD-5151

Ages 2-7
Through the Eyes of the Child

This is an introductory video presenting the issues related to the foster care system and special needs adoption with an emphasis from the perspective of the children. This video is targeted toward individuals and groups focused on permanency for children waiting in the foster care system.
High School - Adult            20 min.           1997            DVD

High School - Adult
To Be a Father - SPANISH

Hosted by Antonio Banderas, this video features information on what fathers can do to help promote and participate in their young children's healthy development.
Junior High - Adult            29 min.          2003            DVD-8019

Junior High - Adult
To Be A Father Hosted by Ray Romano (cc)

Hosted by Ray Romano, this video features information on what fathers can do to help promote and participate in their young children's healthy development. Learn how your role as a father can have an enormous impact on your children - from how well they succeed in school to how they get along with their friends. You'll also hear from men who talk about the rewards of being close to their kids. This video provides information on: How fathering begins even before the baby is born; How dads can connect with their children right from the start; What fathers can do to foster a close relationship with their children - even when they live miles apart; How fathers can overcome the challenges of parenting under special circumstances, like separation or divorce
High School - Adult             29 min.        2003         DVD-2012

High School - Adult
Winning at Parenting... without beating your kids

A humorous approach to mealtime, bedtime, chores and getting your kids out of the local jail. Covered are ways to buffer your kids from sexual promiscuity, drug abuse and suicide while helping them grow in increased self-discipline, independent problem solving skills and responsibility. The program consists of the 125-minute video featuring Barbara Coloroso presenting Winning at Parenting before a live audience just as she has throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. 

Adult            125 min.           1990            DVD-5046