Here are some suggested organisations that offer expert advice on adoption.

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Adoption on Television - Links to all available past programs

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Lilka Sun 06-Apr-14 13:44:38

We need this I think - got information on various different threads about different tv programs but it's all scattered about.

So, Lilka's big list of adoption related documentaries and where to watch them!

1. Panorama: The Truth About Adoption

Filmed in Coventry, this documentary covers the search for an adoptive family for two sisters, decision making about the future of 3 children in care, and the story of a little boy whose foster parents want to adopt him but whose birth mother wants him back
Watch here - tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=895d85fb2ec51fe196c73e05b37d79f5

2. A Home For Maisie

In her 8 years of life, Maisie has lived in 10 different homes and been through 2 adoption disruptions. She has significant emotional and behavioural needs. Social services have placed her for adoption one final time, with a couple who have already adopted 8 older children, but if this doesn't work out, Maisie will spend the rest of her childhood in care. This documentary follows the family and Maisie as they go through therapy at Family Futures, an organisation with a 95% success rate at keeping families together
Watch - www.dailymotion.com/video/x154fol_a-home-for-maisie_people

3. Love is Not Enough

This moving 8 part series followed 4 families in the late 1990's, as they went through an intensive home study process and adopted their children (both domestic and international adoption). The filmmakers then followed up to see what life was like several years after adoption. Very moving and in depth, this is still relevant and worth watching 14 years after it first aired
Watch all episodes - vimeo.com/album/2529993

4. Protecting our Children

This 3 part series followed social workers as they worked with vulnerable families in their area, and made decisions about when to take children into care
Watch - www.dailymotion.com/video/x15pc3t_protecting-our-children-ep1_lifestyle

More to follow when I find the links smile

NanaNina Thu 22-Oct-15 15:21:08

Me too. I don't go on the adoption threads very much after being pilloried for using the wrong terminology. I always read Lilka's threads - such a wise woman. Hope she's ok.

Devora Thu 22-Oct-15 11:51:05

Last time I talked with her, having a difficult time. But that was several months ago. I hope she's ok.

NanaNina Thu 22-Oct-15 00:20:15

What's happened to Lilka - is she ok?

Devora Wed 21-Oct-15 23:35:38

I miss Lilka sad

Hels20 Wed 21-Oct-15 20:10:49

Thanks for the heads up- now off to find on iplayer

dimples76 Wed 21-Oct-15 19:41:10

Did anyone watch 'Find me a Family' which is on BBC IPlayer - I found the title a bit misleading as the plan for one of the children was to remain within their birth family. I was also a bit shocked by the matching committee where prospective adopters were scored points - I know there was more to the decision they made than that but it just seemed to me to be at odds with the approach of the SWs who knew the child and Bfamily's approach especially given the proposed contact arrangements.

I think part two is on next Monday.

Sleepyhoglet Tue 16-Jun-15 19:52:43

Were the adaptive parents just stupidly naive? They are naive or cruel or both. They essentialy stole children who had parents and expected them to be grateful for being given a western life.

Kitsandkids Tue 16-Jun-15 00:23:02

That poor little Ethiopian girl. What was going on at the dining table? Unless I got the wrong end of the stick, the mum got so annoyed because she thought the little girl was making slight head movements on purpose? So bloody what?! I'm always telling my 2 foster sons to sit properly at the table, stay in their seats, don't use their fingers etc - I'm not going to send them away because of it! I played that bit again because I honestly couldn't see the girl doing anything, and I still couldn't the second time. All I saw was her looking towards her mother because she knew her mother was cross and she was a bit wary about what was going on. Poor kid.

Sleepyhoglet Mon 15-Jun-15 20:56:27

The Danjsh mother is horrible. Such a cold unwelcoming family for those children. They don't speak the language, don't know the country, completely new house and the mother expects then to just be her perfect children. Bloody hell. I know our adoption process has it's faults but I am grateful for it. How can this be allowed. I really don't think think inter country adoption is right as it can be so unregulated. Of course there are beautiful exceptions.

Sleepyhoglet Mon 15-Jun-15 20:13:50

Just seen the bit where the birth parents (Ethiopian documentary) ask if they might have some financial compensation to start a business (to them £100 would probably be more than enough) and to be told not that is illegal. I bet the adopters have paid the agency danadopt and they have benefitted from the whole process. Disgusting

Sleepyhoglet Mon 15-Jun-15 20:09:03

I am watching the Ethiopian adoption programme. Shocking. Completely take for granted the support we have in this country. It seems so corrupt. Those children blatantly had monetary worth to the agency

ALovelyTrain Sun 14-Jun-15 00:48:26

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Sleepyhoglet Sat 13-Jun-15 23:33:25

I really wonder why these sorts if things are filmed. Does the beneficial publicity for adoption/fostering outweigh the possible damage to children such as the girls from protecting our foster children from being on tv

Sleepyhoglet Sat 13-Jun-15 23:32:39

I really wonder why these sorts if things are filmed. Does the beneficial publicity for adoption/fostering outweigh the possible damage to children such as the girls from protecting our foster children from being on tv

Hels20 Sat 13-Jun-15 22:36:34

Not adoption - but fostering. BBC2 are doing a 4 part series every Sunday - Protecting our Foster Kids. First one was last Sunday. You need a box of tissues to get through it.

Bringonthesunshineplease Sat 13-Jun-15 21:35:01

Wondering if there are any recent ones to add to this list. When being assessed/ approved I found this list and links invaluable.

MyPreciousRing Sun 09-Nov-14 10:38:18

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MyPreciousRing Sat 08-Nov-14 16:36:52

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TheFamilyJammies Wed 17-Sep-14 00:44:03

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Lilka Tue 16-Sep-14 20:17:32

Found another slightly older but good one that I'd given up hope of finding!

"Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go" broadcast in 2009 on PBS, part of their POV series
Here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7Rt27MmwQY

It was filmed at the Mulberry Bush School, a co-ed residential school for roughly primary aged children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. Most of their children are in foster care (some having exhausted tens of placements), but some are adopted. This program focusses on 3 of the boys there.

This film has no voice overs or background narration, but subtitles explain what's going on where necessary. Instead, it's just scenes of school (and weekend/evening) life. The lack of back story or explanations might be confusing at points, so at the bottom here I've included links to a couple of articles about what the school do and the children who come to them.

I found it very moving and interesting and I hope you all will as well

If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, I'd still read the articles anyway!

Fantastic Guardian article from 2010 - here

And DM article actually only from a few days ago. Yes, I'd even make an exception and read the DM in this case - here

ladyme Fri 15-Aug-14 18:45:11

This is interesting too www.againstchildtrafficking.org/category/operation-masho-ethiopia/

ladyme Fri 15-Aug-14 17:44:54

That is without question, the saddest documentary I have ever seen sad

Bringonthesunshineplease Fri 15-Aug-14 13:08:42

I love these short documentaries. The first is hearing from Darius an amazing boy who was adopted at 6 and his experiences of adoption and the 2nd is of his adoptive mother and her experience of adopting Darius. So inspirational and Darius is amazing and resilient. Hope you enjoy too smile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO5v8TB-tvY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR1jPbb8lYg

MrsM2509 Wed 13-Aug-14 09:58:26

I watched the 7thepisode of love is not Enough lastnight, absolutely heart breaking. I couldn't sleep for thinking about it. I don't want to give anything away for anyone who hasn't watched it, but it certainly has got me thinking ahead today.

Watched it all, the clips on Mercy Mercy the adoption from Ethiopia. Want to chat to anyone who saw it! I will be away so may not get back to you straight away. It leaves a very lasting impression!

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