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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
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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
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More to follow when I find the links smile

dharlie99 Mon 07-Aug-17 18:56:55

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Allington Thu 27-Jul-17 10:46:23

Bump for jammydodger

crispandcheesesandwichplease Mon 27-Mar-17 23:50:38

Thank you for putting the work into doing that. It's much appreciated and I will do my best to make time to follow and watch the links.

Bitchfromhell Mon 27-Mar-17 18:12:00

Just found this brilliant thread and am place marking it because actually, it's the most concise list of adoption documentary links that I've found on the internet.
Thanks be to mumsnet and the lovely posters who saved all of these links. smile

Italiangreyhound Fri 16-Sep-16 16:16:16

I watched the whole series of four adopters again recently. Very moving.

Bubba1234 Fri 16-Sep-16 16:00:21

I couldn't find info on how he passed unfortunately and there seems to be no trace of Marva on Facebook I would love to know how she is today have things improved for her in her life. It seems from what I could piece together they broke up,p very soon after filming and Shaun was very bitter towards her for whatever reason I could not find either.
Oh yes that episode with the three year old boy was heartbreaking that dad was a nasty piece of work he was just getting as many women pregnant as he could him and the partner weren't very likeable but with Shaun and Marva you caught glimpses of their personalities admist the chaos in parts and she was quite sweet and he had some talent hidden beneath everyone but they were so toxic together.

MintyLizzy9 Fri 16-Sep-16 14:38:43

I watched all of these when I first started the adoption process and found them so so sad. Just started to re watch and I'm in bits, can't help but see my own DS in those little faces, not sure how many more I can watch this time round, it's just all so real now that I'm a mum sad

I sobbed when the little 3 yo boy in protecting our kids went to contact with his dad and dad just couldn't be bothered to even engage or chat with him when LO was so clearly trying. Dad clearly had a lot of his own issues and challenges to deal with. I hope LO finally got his forever family,, he was clearly making great progress in FC.

It would be interesting to hear how they are all doing now, hopefully some have managed to turn things around.

Marva, was so close to keeping it together my heart just sank for her at the end.

JazzAnnNonMouse Fri 16-Sep-16 08:54:11

How did he die? I would also love to know how marva is. I really rooted for her. The whole thing is so sad.
There was another couple that the woman's situation also made me v sad. I hope she left him and is happy.

Bubba1234 Thu 15-Sep-16 19:25:46

Sorry I know this thread is a zombie thread but i came across it and watched protecting our children and after some Digging I found online that that guy Shaun died last year I would love to know how Marva is doing their story was so sad

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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