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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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

More to follow when I find the links smile

Lilka Sun 20-Apr-14 12:01:05

I'm sorry iPhone I couldn't find it anywhere

I can't find "Fine Me a Family" from 2009 either

adoptmama Sun 20-Apr-14 14:05:22

thanks Lilka

here's 15,000 Kids and Counting
Episode 1

Episode 2 (part 1 with links for other 3 parts)

Epsidode 3

adoptmama Sun 20-Apr-14 14:07:52

and with the link for episode 2 this time smile

Lilka Sun 20-Apr-14 14:15:39

Super thanks adoptmama

adoptmama Fri 25-Apr-14 20:29:28

Somewhere Between

Documentary following 4 teenage girls adopted from China

adoptmama Fri 23-May-14 17:00:55

Two adult adoptees appear on the tv show Long Lost Family, hosted by Nicky Campbell/Davina McCall as they try to trace their birth mothers.

dimples76 Thu 29-May-14 11:23:50

I just finished watching Love is not enough last night- that programme should come with a health warning - I could not stop crying. It made for very emotional viewing but it was good to see the families over the course of a few years and I really wonder how they're doing now. Thank you so much for sharing these links.

I am mid way through stage 2 and I've found it stressful enough without the cameras there too. I don't know how they do it.

Italiangreyhound Sat 31-May-14 00:38:40

Dimples I loved that programme, they found really interesting families to follow. More interesting/varied in some ways than the more recent bunch of programmes about adoption (IMHO).

Sharon09108 Mon 02-Jun-14 21:53:08

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Lilka Sun 08-Jun-14 16:27:02

"Please can I have a Mummy and Daddy", was on IslamChannelTV this year. I'm enjoying the interviews with the adoptive families in parts 5 and 6. I'm not enjoying the cartoons, but that's personal preference! Hope it will be of interest, especially to any Muslim families who didn't see it when it originally aired.

It's a 6 part documentary covering and educating about adoption today and Islam, starts from a point of the viewer knowing nothing about adoption and goes from there

1. Why do children need adoption in the UK, and why do Muslims need to come forward?

2. Religious needs of the children - how Muslim children have to be placed with non-Muslim adopters. Also, changes and reforms to the adoption system.

3. Adoption and the Shari'ah part 1. About the permissability of adoption in Islam (including lineage, inheritance and mahram). Outlines Islamic requirements to adoption.

4. Islam and the Shari'ah part 2. Expands on the previous episode, talks to an Islamic scholar who urges families to come forwards.

5. Meeting 4 adoptive families and talking to them about their adoption stories, part 1.

6. Meeting the adoptive families, part 2.

RhinosAreFatUnicorns Sat 05-Jul-14 20:19:03

Long Lost Family is back on 14th July smile

Italiangreyhound Sat 05-Jul-14 21:40:51

lilka the Islam programmes on adoption look very interesting. It looks very much tailored to the audience. I wish there were more documentaries that could promote adoption. Some of the more recent ones did a good job (IMHO) but as there are a lot of older children in care who may also be eligible for adoption, then I wonder if documentaries aimed at those who might adopt older children would be good?

RaspberrySnowCone Thu 10-Jul-14 20:48:30

Anyone know where Wanted: A family of my own could be watched again?

smokeandglitter Mon 14-Jul-14 18:52:07

Wanted: A family of my own

Lilka Mon 14-Jul-14 19:32:28

Thanks so much smoke that's great smile I'll be watching Long Lost Families tonight

Okay folks, here's what I have found for you now:

Adoption on the Radio (1)

1. All in the Mind: Adoption and Social Networking
Description: These days the secrecy surrounding adoption has lessened and many children are interested to know where they come from and may receive letters from their birth families or even meet up with them. Claudia Hammond reviews the evidence for this approach and also looks at how social networking could change adoption
First aired BBCR4 14th December 2010, listen at

2. All in the Mind: Romanian Orphanage Babies, 21 Years On
Partial Description: After the fall of Nicolai Ceausescu in Romania, news of how babies and children were treated in Romanian orphanages horrified the world. Images of infants, silent and malnourished, rocking in their cots, hosed down with cold water, prompted an outburst of collective outrage and thousands of would-be parents rushed to adopt.

But little was known then, in 1990, about the long-term effects of such extreme, early deprivation: how would the babies and toddlers who had been denied basic human contact and care, adapt and recover when they were transfered to their new, loving and caring families?
First aired BBCR4 11th October 2011, listen at
Further and slightly older All in the Mind episode on the Romanian Orphans here:

3. All in the Mind: Honesty in Adoption (plus 2 other topics, including memory of smell which may also be of interest to adoptive parents)
Description: There is growing disquiet among adoptive and foster families and some childcare professionals that contact with birth families is causing children emotional and psychological damage. All In The Mind hears from a specialist in this area who claims children aren't being told the truth about the abuse and maltreatment they suffered as children, and that this lack of honesty is causing them long-term harm. An adoptive mother tells her personal story about how continuing contact affected her daughter and an experienced foster carer describes the impact on a teenager in his care of access visits to her birth father
First aired on BBCR4 on the 24th November 2009, listen here

4. Beyond Belief: Adoption
The Government is seeking to speed up the adoption process for the growing number of children being taken into care in the UK. Social workers responsible for the difficult job of matching children with adoptive parents are often criticised for focusing too much on questions of ethnicity or lifestyle. So how far should religion play a factor in the process which links children and parents? Ernie Rea discusses the issue with Raffia Arshad, a family lawyer, Ruby Clay, an author who has adopted three children with her lesbian partner, and Fiona Bowie a social anthropologist and also an adoptive mother
First aired BBCR4 on the 26th March 2012, listen here

Lilka Mon 14-Jul-14 20:54:59

Adoption on the Radio (2)

The Listening Project is a joint project between the British Library and BBC radio. People have conversations with each other that snapshot life and relationships in Britain today. Long conversations via the British Library, but Radio 4 (and regional BBC stations) profile short 5 minute (ish) conversations on radio

There have been LOTS of adoption conversations, so please forgive me the omissions here (especially since some BL convo links were broken). Please do add others as you find them. I haven't listened to all of these, but adding them based on the description.

To view ALL the short 5 min conversations, go here which lists all BBCR4 episodes of "The Listening Project". To view ALL British Library convos, go here

If you want to take part yourself -

5. The Listening Project (British Library and BBCR4)

a. Charlotte and Martin: Belonging. Fi Glover introduces a conversation between two teenagers who were adopted as babies and met through the Talk Adoption Wales group (sponsored by Children in Need). They found that sharing their thoughts about their adoption with other teenagers has increased their confidence - to the point that they've spoken about adoption in front of the Welsh Assembly. Unfortunately their full conversation got an error page at the British Library

b. Mike and Matthew talk about Matthew's Adoption from Vietnam in 1975, the war, and their relationship. Short version

c. Jo and Jimmy: Our New Family. Jo and her partner were not much more than a decade older than Jimmy when they adopted him at 18. It's been an adventure for them all

d. Omnibus edition including "the learning curve in adoption".

e. Andy and Fran: What Makes Us Who We Are? Fran knows that her husband Andy was adopted, but they've never really spoken about how he feels about it. and in full

f. Ian and Natalie: Adopting a Child from South Africa.

g. Pat and Beth (born 1998) talk about Beth's adoption and her Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. Shorter version here

h. Marc Freeman talks to his foster father Colin about his experiences.

i. Myrtle and Denika: Single Parent Adoption. Fi Glover hears from Myrtle, one of the first single parents to adopt in the UK, and Denika, who was 5 when she went to live with her; Myrtle was already over 50. After a rather sticky beginning, neither of them would now be without the other

Lilka Mon 14-Jul-14 21:46:39

Woo, last page!!! I'm tired grin

Adoption on the Radio (3)

6. Limited time only, interview with prospective adopters on this show.

7. Woman's Hour: Bringing Up Birth and Adoptive Children Together. Avril Head and Alice Noon talk to the program.

8. Woman's Hour: Adoption Parties.

9. iPM: Keeping Adoptive Families Together

10. Woman's Hour. Adoption myths: can you be too old be considered? We discuss with adopters and Alice Noon from the Coram, the children's charity and adoption agency

11. Woman's Hour. Edward Timpson, the Minister for Children & Families, on the government's plans to speed up the adoption process

12. Woman's Hour. A judge recently ruled that a mother should stop sending letters and cards to her daughter because her adoptive parents fear it will lead to a secret relationship. But who decides whether adopted children should be allowed to maintain contact with their birth parents?

13. When adoption isn't happily ever after.

14. The Creating a Family Radio Show is on every week in the US, listen to past episodes from here. Some are very relevent to UK adopters eg. about prenatal alcohol exposure.

15. Woman's Hour: Why Bonding is Important. Bonding with your baby. A new report says 4 in ten of all children are not forming the right attachments with their parents which means these children are more at risk of doing less well at school and are less likely to be successful in life

16. Woman's Hour: FAS. Should children harmed by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome receive compensation? Lawyer Neil Sugarman and medical ethicist Anna Wearing discuss whether causing FAS should be a crime

17. Woman's Hour: Fostering. Are foster children being denied normal family life through unnecessary restrictions on the decisions their carers can take?

dimples76 Mon 14-Jul-14 21:48:06

Have you seen what's on tomorrow evening on ITV- Exposure: Don't Take My Child about 'forced adoption'. Don't really want to watch it but I guess my family will so I'll have to so we can discuss afterwards.

Lilka Mon 14-Jul-14 22:15:27

Oh yes dimples I have. I have in fact written a long blog about why I'm refusing to watch it!!! Also - is "adoption without parental consent" too long to say? No, it's not. More accurate as well

Still, no reason not to link it to this thread when it becomes available afterwards

smokeandglitter Thu 17-Jul-14 17:08:04

You're welcome, Lilka!

RaspberrySnowCone Fri 25-Jul-14 15:32:41

Thanks Smokeand glitter, just about to watch the last episode. Definitely seems a useful insight. Watched it when it was on originally but watching them this time with a different view point!

Bringonthesunshineplease Mon 04-Aug-14 19:14:06

Not on television but an interesting short film - The Lost Children Of Trauma, produced by adopters and adoptees to raise awareness of the support needs of traumatised children.

Italiangreyhound Mon 04-Aug-14 23:51:03

Bringonthesunshineplease very moving.

RaspberrySnowCone Tue 05-Aug-14 18:00:46

Very powerful Bringonthesunshineplease.

adoptmama Fri 08-Aug-14 16:48:09

link to Exposure: don't take my child

Have literally watched 5 minutes but immediately want to make 2 points. The UK is NOT the only European/EU country which allows adoption without parental consent. My youngest had parental rights terminated despite the BMs wish not have her adopted. Two, they should not be showing the home video of the little boy as it makes him identifiable which is very unfair on the child as he gets older as well as on a new, adoptive family.

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