We’re still a little too emotional to add proper content to this post but we wanted to share the documentary below.
Panaroma’s documentary on the many different faces of adoption, sometimes quite literally, was in itself a masterpiece. It may not have had the time to touch upon the intricacies of the family justice system and why it is failing children (and will continue to do so unless it understands the issues in their entirety, rather than effecting soundbite solutions), but it is a work of art.
What makes this documentary so special, is its delicate handling of the highly emotive world of adoption and foster care – Barnardo’s would do well to observe the dignified and subtle ways in which the programme gets its message across (we are of course referring to their rather crass attempt at publicising their work through the use of a worthless poll trying to loud-speaker dubious perceptions about children); its, rather successful attempt at looking at adoption from all angles and its gentle but insistent message about the failure of the family courts to give these children the support and love they need.
The government seems terribly keen on making things mandatory for families: we would respectfully suggest that the watching of this report be made mandatory, along with several other reports we can think of, for all agents who work within the family justice system, including lawyers. We recommend these reports should be watched or read every week, at the start of each week, so that no one forgets why they’re really there: the kids.
Please watch this short documentary. And please, pass it on to anyone you think should watch it, or cares enough to be moved into action by it.
Many thanks to one of our readers, who kindly drew out attention to the Panorama documentary.
Panorama: The Truth About Adoption