The Park­wijk project hosts mentally chal­lenged young adults who encounter prob­lems raising their kids. Family coaches monitor the resi­dents and make arrange­ments with them about house­hold manage­ment, the use of alcohol and drugs and educa­tion. An often frus­trating and emotional process for the social workers, who steer a middle course between gaining the parents’ trust and guar­an­teeing the chil­dren’s welfare. If the parents misbe­have, the coaches are obliged to report it to the guardians, as a result of which their offspring may be placed in care. Van den Berge follows a few fami­lies and their coaches, who achieve varying success. It often appears compli­cated to discuss things with clients, because they find it hard to grasp the conse­quences of their actions. In crisis meet­ings, the ques­tion is frequently raised whether these people should be allowed to have chil­dren. One of the coaches thinks they shouldn’t, really.’ But: They’re here now, and we have to pull out all the stops to help them.’

Credits

Producer
Executive producer
Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Paul de Bont Producties
TV company
NCRV TV
Distributor NL
NPO Sales

Title: Machteloos
Year: 2009
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

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