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Family Time: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV626
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Character Education, Criminal Justice & Law, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  20:00

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Ten-year-old Mason Lang and his 5-yearold sister, Madison, live with a burden that is rife with stigma and shame. Their father is in prison.

It's a problem they share with about 180,000 Canadian kids who also have a parent in prison and who must endure the isolation and often guilt by the association of having a parent who has broken the law. But a unique and innovative program in southern Ontario is offering support to both the kids and their incarcerated fathers. FEAT, which stands for Foster, Empowering and Advocating Together, is a non-profit organization that helps to keep kids, mothers and their jailed fathers connected as a family. Founded by the father and daughter team of Derek and Jessica Reid, the goal of FEAT is to keep families together even while separated. Ultimately, they hope strengthened family ties will give offenders a reason to avoid reoffending once they are released.

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