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Voices Worth Hearing: Reshaping Media Portrayal of Child Welfare

Yasmin Mistry

Sep 2013

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Forum Event
Event Time:
Dec 17, 2018
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December 12, 2018
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Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP) and City Living NY present a film project by, for and about foster youth.

Join us for a preview of the newest documentary short film produced by the Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP).

Event Details:

Monday, December 17, 2018 
Halyards Bar

406 3rd Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Screening& discussion panel begins at 7 p.m.

Networking 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Mainstream media's portrayal of foster care is often rooted in stereotypes and stigma. FCFCEP aims to change that by involving foster youth and child welfare advocates in all stages of production. We're excited to announce that our new short film will be made into a feature - length documentary and we're inviting you to be a part of the filmmaking process.

On Monday December 17th we invite you to join us in celebrating foster youth and the stories they have to share.
FCFCEP will screen a sample from their new documentary film, which depicts the story of three sisters who grow up worlds apart - in foster care, orphanages and kinship care, and find each other in adulthood.

Following the screening City Living NY will host a foster youth panel and interactive discussion about family separation & reunification, and how we can change the public perception of foster care through media. As FCFCEP moves into production on the feature-length film your input can help shape the film and help ensure the creation of a true portrayal of the foster care system.

The evening will conclude with an informal networking session, and an opportunity to grab a drink and keep the conversation going.

Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit foster youth served by City Living NY. City Living NY provides household goods and social support for youth aging out of the foster care system. 

A filmmaker Q&A and moderated discussion panel about foster care and sibling separation & reunification will follow the screening. Panelists include:

Liz Northcutt - is the Founder and Executive Director of City Living NY, a non-profit assisting youth aging out of foster care on their path to independence. Ms. Northcutt is a LMSW who has spent the past decade specializing in the child welfare system in NYC.

Lucy - is a former foster youth who spent thirteen years in care. Lucy is currently working on her M.B.A. in media management and is now looking to become a voice amongst the community of foster care.

Nivea - is an alumni of the NYC foster care system and is an advocate for youth in care. Nivea graduated from New York College at Old Westbury and currently is concluding a Masters degree at Long Island University. She is a Youth Advisor at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and interns at an outpatient clinic that primarily focuses on youth in foster care. Niveais also a client of City Living NY.

Rae - is a former foster youth and current youth board member & ambassador representing non-profits & agencies such as New Yorkers For Children, City Living NY & The Administration For Children Services. She is an alumni of The Possibility Project, FosterClub, iFoster & Foster Care Unplugged.

For more information about FCFCEP, visit and follow the Foster Care Film on Facebook at and on Twitter@FosterCareFilm. To learn more about City Living NY at


This event is sponsored in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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