Trying, Apple TV

A touching and funny comedy drama series that follows a couple as they decide to adopt a child, starring Raff Spall and Esther Smith. Researched and written by an adoptee, it is an easy and entertaining watch.

Supporting care experienced children, BBC Teach

A series of interviews with educators, young people and Adoption UK’s education policy advisor about why care-experienced children may need extra support in school and how to help them achieve their best.

Awkward questions, Connect Cymru

Young people bust the many myths about adoption in this extraordinary set of short films.


Truth Be Told, Series 2

Having just won a silver award at the British Podcast Awards, this gem of a series made by the National Adoption Service in Wales and Cowshed centres many different voices discussing love and trauma, school and what it means to be an adopted young person today.

Desert Island Discs, BBC Sounds

Jackie Kay, Simon Woolley, Ellie Simmonds and Dara O Briain are amongst the thousands of guests on this long-running series. Each have a different story to tell about what being adopted means to them.


Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay

A brilliant memoir about family, roots and growing up as a black British adoptee in Scotland.

Blue-Eyed Son, Nicky Campbell

Television and radio presenter Nicky Campbell shares his adoption story in this book, and in his follow up One of the Family: How a Dog called Maxwell Changed my Life.

When I First Held You, Anstey Harris

A novel spanning three generations, exploring love, loss and accepted truths that are called into question. An enjoyable book exploring all sides of adoption, written by an adoptee and loosely based on her own experience.