“The Face of Kinship Care” Documentary

What is this film about?

The Face of Kinship Care portrays the compelling and inspiring stories of three kinship families and the love and devotion they show to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each grandparent caregiver works every day, around the clock, with little recognition and support, to succeed at one of the most difficult yet most important jobs in the world: parenting. Universal yet so very remarkable, the unnoticed work of these everyday heroes is finally given the spotlight it deserves.

In a rare moment of recognition and validation, kinship caregivers see their story represented on screen. The film is a critical tool to help inspire, educate and energize human services agencies, caregivers, and policy makers.

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Audience Reception:

The documentary premiered at the Child Welfare League of America’s national conference in Washington D. C. on March 29, 2017, where it received a standing ovation from the audience. Due to requests after the premiere, the film has also screened at several other events.

“This heartwarming film says it all, what a precious resource grandparents and kin care for their kin children they choose to raise. There is a place in heaven for them.” Donna Pressman, President, The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

“The film should be ‘required’ for CPS and Social Service agencies.”

“We are kinship caregivers.  The film was showing what it is really like. But it’s not a choice really.  Good film.”

“The film was very open.  I cried and thought of my situation.  Thank you.”

 Kinship caregivers of Orange County, NY

Who’s behind the Film?

Filmmakers Julie Winter Magruder and Jackson DuMont teamed up with the CWLA and the NYS Kinship Navigator to produce this work, with the hope to enact social and political change for kinship care in America. Kinship Navigator’s director Gerard Wallace assisted with production and commentary.

Far too many caregivers and children, like the ones highlighted in this documentary, are not being supported. By exposing the realities of their situations and the work they do everyday, the film has already made an impact – and we hope will continue to do so – by stimulating discussion about policy changes and redefining society’s understanding of and perspective on private kinship care.

How Can I get the film?

Should your group, company or organization be interested in one or more screenings of this film at events, please fill out this request form and the filmmakers will be in touch with you. The film request and screening is free of charge but on behalf of the film, please consider donating* any support you can offer.


For any further questions, please feel free to reach out to the filmmakers at thefaceofkinship@gmail.com or the The Kinship Care Support Initiative at kincareiniative@gmail.com.


*Your generous donation will support the film’s ongoing production and distribution costs as we use the film in educational and training programs around the country. Through the non-profit, Kinship Care Support Initiative* (website coming soon), created in the wake of the film’s success, your support will help extend the impact of this film as we seek to bring aid and recognition to kinship care families nation-wide. Kinship caregivers are forming the generation of tomorrow– but they need your support to make it happen. If a donation is not possible at this time, please consider sharing this page with your family, friends and co-workers and/or following the facebook , or youtube channel  for the film.

*The Kinship Care Support Initiative is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support kinship families by raising awareness for kinship care through:

o   Outreach to general public and policy makers on kinship care

o   Promotion of kinship celebratory and educational events

o   Research to study kinship families and their needs

o   Representation of the kinship community at conferences

o   The development of educational materials for kinship services providers and kinship caregivers, including a comprehensive annotated bibliography of kinship policy and practice publications


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