18th January 2012

I have been following Emmerdale which has been obsessive and triggering. In the storyline one of the characters is called ‘Amy’ who has been in foster care and ended up being with ‘the Pollards’. She fell pregnant by ‘Cain’ who is the nasty character and in true soap opera drama she had her baby in the churchyard. ‘Amy’ thought the baby was stillborn so left him in a phone box. Obviously being soap land the baby was fine and she was given time to think about what she wanted to do. ‘Amy’ eventually decided to surrender her son to adoption.

The storyline was good as there were so many emotions shown by the central characters so it also made it heart breaking. It was a reminder of what I went through except my parents didn’t want me to raise my son and I wanted to. Even so watching Emmerdale was emotional and I felt quite choked up. I have been struggling with severe depression which hasn’t helped either.

In reality the adoption and foster care in the UK isn’t perfect, far from it. There are still children being seriously injured or killed that should have been removed from their parents. On the other hand there are children who are in foster care that should be and others whose parents just need support so be with them. Unfortunately because times have changed from the B.S.E. (Baby Scoop Era) the general public think all adoptions happen for the right reasons and children in foster care should be.


About Philippa

I am married to Rick and we live in a small town in County Durham. We have two dogs, a cat and two budgies. I am also an adoption survivor. In 1981 my son was born and I was then forced to surrender him. It took 23 years and reunion for my to find out that my son's adoption was legally known as a forced adoption and illegal but social workers got away with it because mothers didn't know their rights.
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