By Adoption and By Grace

Published: 14.10.15

BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship marks the beginning of National Adoption Week.
By Adoption and By Grace


Listen this Sunday 18 October to BBC radio 4 with a service of readings, interviews and music reflecting the joys and challenges of life for adoptive families. It's presented by Krish Kandiah, President of the London School of Theology and himself a foster and adoptive father.

Krish hears stories from all corners of the Adoption triangle; Angela Frazer Wicks speaks of the circumstances which led to her losing her two sons to adoption.  Rachel Gardiner and Alison Southall tell of their experience as adoptive mothers, and adoptees Sam and Ashley reflect on the effect of their early life experiences on their later development. And the Rev Tamsin Merchant, whose two sons came home last year, reflects on the Biblical metaphor as God as an Adoptive Father.

 “Too old at 4?” is the question raised by  this year’s National Adoption Week (October 19-25th). It aims to find homes for children who are in sibling groups or who have complex needs.

 Jeanne Kaniuk, director of the country’s oldest children’s charity, Coram, tells Krish Kandiah,

 “ Drink and drugs and parents being unable to care for their children  still form a huge part of the reasons  why children come into care and why some of them need to be adopted.  Some of the children who are waiting for adoption are older children and in groups of brothers and sisters and it take families with special qualities to provide for those children so there  is sometimes a mismatch between people who would love to adopt but want a younger child  and perhaps cant cope with some of the difficulties that children bring.  We do need more adopters but they do need to be people who understand that these ehilcren have had a poor start in life and will need additional qualities of love and care. “

 Producer Rosie Dawson.