Offering a rare look at the inner workings of the American child welfare system, Tough Love chronicles the lives of two parents—one in Seattle and one in New York City—as each fights to be reunited with their children. Through intimate, verité footage of both families, we witness first-hand the complexities within America’s child welfare system. Moreover, we come to understand the powerful role poverty and prejudice play in keeping parents and children apart—and the obstacles parents must overcome in order to put their families back together. The film had its world premiere at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2014 and international premiere at the hotDocs Canadian International Film Festival.