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Maine State Forum Series Presents: “The Kids We Lose”

Maine State Forum partners with Maine Developmental Disabilities Counsel for screening of documentary film “The Kids We Lose”
A panel discussion will follow on the topic of Restraint and Seclusion.

Jewett Auditorium, UMA Augusta Campus
March 13, 2019 – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm


The Maine State Forum series will partner with the Maine Developmental Disabilities Counsel for a screening of “The Kids We Lose,” a documentary which details, through interviews and footage from across the country, the rise of punitive interventions such as restraint and seclusion in dealing with children with behavioral challenges.

The film will begin at 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2019 and immediately following, a panel discussion on Restraint and Seclusion will be held with stakeholders, including parents and educators, as well as experts in child development and alternative techniques in dealing with behaviorally challenged children. The series is free and open to the public.

“The Kids We Lose” is a powerful film that explores the systemic failures that have led to a rise in these interventions, the effects such interventions have on children, and the research that suggests that restraint and seclusion are ineffective for controlling behavior and harmful to the children exposed to it. This event seeks to raise awareness about the practice and the alternatives that are available.

The Maine State Forum invites prominent Maine policymakers to speak at the University of Maine at Augusta on topics of interest to the Maine community. The question and answer format after the presentation allows attendees to learn and interact with presenters and policymakers. The Maine State Forum is coordinated by Assistant Professor Sharon McMahon Sawyer.

Additional Information

UMA’s Justice Studies Program
Justice Studies offers students interested in: law enforcement at the federal, state or local level, security (tangible or virtual), corrections and/or probation, investigations of tangible or cyber-crime, or the law—as lawyer or paralegal—the opportunity to acquire an academic foundation for all law-related fields and a credential in one or two specialties. Justice Studies offers a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree as well as certificates in Paralegal Studies, Community Policing and Forensics.

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and public and governmental agencies that promotes and advocates for equal opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to participate in every aspect of community life. We are committed to creating a Maine in which all people are valued and respected because we believe communities are stronger when everyone is included.