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Hope and Solutions

The Kids We Lose is a 90-minute documentary film about the human side of being a child or student with behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff in facilities, mental health clinicians, and law enforcement professionals in trying to ensure that these kids receive the help they need. The Kids We Lose also exposes the often brutal, inhumane ways in which kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are treated in schools, inpatient psychiatry units, residential facilities, and prisons. Their hopelessness, misery, and frustration are palpable. The human toll is hard to fathom. But these are also the most expensive kids in our society. Doing the wrong thing costs a fortune. When we don’t help our most vulnerable kids, we all lose. 

And it’s all so counterproductive and unnecessary.

The Kids We Lose is not primarily about how to solve the problem. It is intended to heighten awareness of the problem and galvanize people to change things for the better.

If you’re interested in helping to change things for the better for the kids and their caregivers, sign up to become a Lives in the Balance Advocator. There’s a lot to be done, and Lives in the Balance will help you get involved.

The Kids We Lose won the Best Feature Documentary Award in its premiere at the 2018 New Hampshire Film Festival. It has also screened at the 2019 Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia and will be screening at the 2019 Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival on March 24th at LA Live. And it will be airing on Maine Public Television on Thursday, March 28th, at 10 pm ET and on Saturday, March 30th at 11 am ET, and streamed thereafter. Dates for airings on Vermont Public Television and New Hampshire Public Television will be announced soon.

The film is also available for local community screenings. Please contact us at