Exclusive Series: Children in Need

Throughout her long career in television, producer Angela Shelley has been interested in issues affecting children in need. Collected here are several of her award-winning stories produced for KCET's California Connected — the previous, statewide version of SoCal Connected.

In one, you'll discover a school in Stockton, Calif., created specifically to meet the special needs of homeless children. The other three are part of Shelley's "Kids for Real" series, which takes a unique approach to documenting some of the toughest social issues facing needy children by letting the kids tell their own stories — in their own words.

The first segment tackles a rarely recognized side effect of living in the cultural and linguistic melting pot of California. Many children here must serve as interpreters for their foreign-born parents, which is especially troubling when it comes to medical issues. Meet a brother and sister afflicted by the same life-threatening condition, who must explain their own complicated medical information to their worried mother.

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Kids for Real: Child Interpreters

Next, one young boy tells what it's like for his family to cope with hunger, day in, day out. His father, a migrant farm worker, movingly speaks about the irony in picking fruit for others while his own family chops cactus for dinner.

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Finally, you'll meet a child who knows that his parents have to pay out-of-pocket for his chronic medical condition. He worries so much that he tries to keep it a secret when he's sick.

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