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Articles, Books & Movies

Explore a variety of movies that represent some of the family dynamics, circumstances, or themes that may relate to the work that you do as a CASA Advocate. The following are movies and TV shows that are currently streaming on Netflix (as of April 2020) and can count towards your continuing education hours. If you watch something that you think can count towards your hours but is not on this list, please feel free to let your supervisor know and suggest it to us.

  • Movies and documentaries count as 2 hours. Check-in with your supervisor regarding credits for multiple TV show episodes.
  • To get credit for continuing education, report it to your supervisor or enter it in Optima as a Training Log.

The Florida Project

A mischievous 6-year-old finds the magic in her own circumstances while living with her troubled mom in a budget motel near Disney World.

System Crasher

Traumatized, violent and yearning for love, 9-year-old Benni bonds with a gruff mentor as a child services worker struggle to find her a home.

First Match

Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood decides that joining the all-boys wrestling team is the only way back to her estranged father.

3 Generations

When teenage Ray begins transitioning from female to male, his single mom and grandmother must cope with the change while tracking down his father.


15-year-old ballet dancer Lara faces physical and emotional hurdles as she prepares for gender confirmation surgery. Inspired by a true story.

6 Balloons

A loyal sister struggles to stay afloat while driving her heroin-addicted brother to a detox center and looking after his 2-year-old daughter.

To The Bone

Ellen, a 20-year-old with anorexia nervosa, goes on a harrowing, sometimes funny journey of self-discovery at a group home run by an unusual doctor.


Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.


I Am Jane Doe

This intense documentary follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads in a newspaper’s online classified section.

Take Your Pills

A documentary that explores how drugs like Adderall offer students, athletes, coders and others a way to do more – faster in better in a hyper-competitive world.

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez 

A boy's murder and the trials of his guardians and social workers prompt questions about the system's protection of vulnerable children.


From nature to nurture, this docuseries explores the groundbreaking science that reveals how infants discover life during their very first year.

The Beginning of Life: The Series

Using breakthroughs in technology and neuroscience, this series examines how environment affects infants – and how infants can affect our future.

TV Shows:

The Fosters

Teenager Callie Jacob is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive and foster children.