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15,000 Kids and Counting

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On average, one child is taken into care every 20 minutes in Britain. This series has unparalleled access to the entire adoption process, from social workers to birth parents and adopters.

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On average, one child is taken into care every 20 minutes in Britain. This series has unparalleled access to the entire adoption process, from social workers to birth parents and adopters.

Series 1 Summary

Child protection levels in Britain are at a record high. Over 15,000 children were waiting to be adopted in 2013 - twice as many as five years earlier.

With unparalleled access to the entire adoption process, this series follows social workers, foster carers, birth parents and adopters as heart-wrenchingly difficult decisions are made about the future of some of Britain's most vulnerable children.

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    Episode 1 - The Decision

    The adoption process begins with the most difficult decision of all: the decision to remove a child from their birth family.

    The first episode in the series follows the social workers whose job it is to take children away from their parents and recommend whether they should ever return; and meets parents who are desperately fighting to keep their children.

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    Episode 2 - The Search

    This episode follows the search for adoptive parents for a two-year-old boy and a three and seven-year-old brother and sister.

    With the added challenges of having slightly older children, siblings and a child with possible health issues to place, the task for social workers Annette and Jackie is a massive one.

    With the future of these children in their hands and recently set government targets to meet, they struggle not to become emotionally involved as they strive to find adopters before time runs out.

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    Episode 3 - The Transition

    The final episode of the series charts the transition from familiar foster home to the unknown of new adopted parents.

    As reality sets in, adopters and the children alike discover that the prospect of learning to love and fit in to a family that were once strangers can be daunting, and the stakes are high, with both sides asking the same question: 'Will they like me?'

15,000 Kids and Counting synopsis

On average, one child is taken into care every 20 minutes in Britain. This series has unparalleled access to the entire adoption process, from social workers to birth parents and adopters.

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