I love that Adoption is getting so much media attention at the moment, I really hope it makes a difference to all the children still waiting for their forever family.
I am however a little concerned about the children featured in the programmes/news reports.
Their identity as a looked after child has been revealed. Were they asked about it? Would it have been so difficult to blur out faces?
My girls were interviewed and filmed by Channel 4 in the UK as part of an adoption themed documentary (maybe it was last weeks Finding Mum & Dad who knows). When we were matched with them we were asked if we’d like their participation to continue. We said no.
Our girls have decided for themselves that for now, their adoption is not something they wish their school friends to know about.
If the documentary they were filmed for had included them, there is a chance that the parents at their school may have seen/identified them as former Looked After Children.
The children featured in ‘Finding Mum & Dad’ won’t necessarily be able to make the choice to keep their adopted or looked after status to themselves. I think it’s unfair to force this decision on these already vulnerable children.
What are your thoughts?