Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Documentary project

There are many videos online of children and adults with Down syndrome.  There are many videos chronicling adoption journeys, as well as documenting deplorable conditions in orphanages.  I would like - at some point - to compile a documentary that follows a child from the orphanage, through the adoption process, integration with other siblings and progress over several years post-adoption.  I'd like it to be combined with interviews with the parents and siblings -- what went well, what was hard, what would they have done differently, and so on.  Here is a short clip that was featured on CBS last year that does the interview part, with a few glimpses into the kids' lives:

Too many of the resources online sugar-coat the difficulties, making them less than helpful.  In order to successfully make a difference, people need to be adequately prepared.  People who go in with unrealistic expectations are more likely to give up when the going gets a bit rough.

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