Adoption: Children are Waiting


A Canadian film made in 1980 which looks at foster parents who have adopted elder children, in some cases who have disabilities, looking at their experiences as they prepared them for adoption.

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Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Year Produced: 1980
Running time: 27 minutes
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Shows parents who have adopted older children, some of whom are handicapped. The first have adopted an American Indian boy, who describes his sadness at leaving his grandparents. The second couple have twelve children, eleven adopted. The include children of different ethnic backgrounds, and a five-year-old boy without arms or legs. The third family includes two children with Down’s Syndrome. We also see foster parents who help prepare children for adoption, and the way that the Health and Welfare Department co-ordinates adoptions.

This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes, medical procedures and language of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards. But the issues raised are timeless.

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