Finding Me A Family viewers in tears over Lewis’ story

  • Channel 4 show Finding Me A Family features an adoption activity day
  • Children looking for ‘forever homes’ are introduced to approved adopters
  • One of the children was six-year-old Lewis, who is currently with a foster family
  • Viewers were left emotional as he bonded with a ‘new mum and dad’ at the event

With its magic tricks and balloon animals, this looks like any other colourful children’s party.

But while the guests are having fun playing together, they are also there for a very serious reason. 

For the ten children who are attending are all looking to find their ‘forever homes’ – and the 13 adults are all approved adopters hoping to make their families bigger. 

Last night’s episode of Channel 4 series Finding Me A Family followed this group as they met each other for the first time at a jungle-themed party in the West Midlands and the emotional stories left viewers feeling overwhelmed. 

Dozens took to Twitter to say how they had been left ‘in tears’ when it was revealed that one of the boys, six-year-old Lewis, had found a ‘new mum and dad’, Chris and Sharon, at the event – and had moved in with the couple just in time for Christmas.   

Difficult start: Six-year-old Lewis, pictured, was living with foster parents before the party

Difficult start: Six-year-old Lewis, pictured, was living with foster parents before the party

New home: He won the hearts of Chris and Sharon, who were looking to start a family. Viewers were told at the end of the show that he moved in with the couple just before Christmas

New home: He won the hearts of Chris and Sharon, who were looking to start a family. Viewers were told at the end of the show that he moved in with the couple just before Christmas

Overwhelmed: Viewers were left in tears as they discovered Lewis, six, had found a home

Overwhelmed: Viewers were left in tears as they discovered Lewis, six, had found a home

Taking to Twitter, viewers said they were left ‘absolutely howling with happy tears’ at the heart-warming outcome. 

One posted: ‘I’m so happy Lewis got his little family. Wow.’ 

Another tweeted: ‘Super happy for Lewis who found a new mummy and daddy.’

However other children featured on the show, including six-year-old Demi and her three younger brothers, Clayton, Finley and Freddie, are still looking for adoptive parents. The same is true for brothers Kye and Mickey, who were also featured. 

The documentary shone a light on an adoption activity day organised by children’s charity Coram. Activity days are held once every two weeks somewhere in the UK and provide children and approved adopters a chance to meet in an informal setting.

Adoption party: Children and prospective parents meet at an event in the West Midlands. Pictured in the foreground, Chris, left, and Lewis, right, whom he went on to adopt

Adoption party: Children and prospective parents meet at an event in the West Midlands. Pictured in the foreground, Chris, left, and Lewis, right, whom he went on to adopt

Emotional: Dozens of viewers said they were left 'in tears' as they watched the show

Emotional: Dozens of viewers said they were left ‘in tears’ as they watched the show

Otherwise adopters usually learn about the children from a written description and a few photos. 

Activity days were first introduced in the US and brought to the UK six years ago. While there has been controversy surrounding the days, they have proved a success. 

An average of one in four children who attend adoption days find their forever homes and last year over 100 children were placed. 

They are particularly valuable for ‘difficult to place children’, like those who are from minority backgrounds, from sibling groups, or over the age of five. 

Dreams of a family: Chris and Sharon looked to adopt after struggling to have children

Dreams of a family: Chris and Sharon looked to adopt after struggling to have children

Next step: The couple spoke to Lewis' foster father, left, who described the boy as 'a dream'

Next step: The couple spoke to Lewis’ foster father, left, who described the boy as ‘a dream’

Exciting news: Chris and Sharon shared their delight at welcoming Lewis into the family

Chris and Sharon with Lewis

Exciting news: Chris and Sharon shared their delight at welcoming Lewis into the family

Shared passion: Chris and Lewis are seen playing football together following the event

Shared passion: Chris and Lewis are seen playing football together following the event

ADOPTION PARTIES: A BREAK THROUGH FOR CHILDREN IN CARE

Adoption parties were introduced to the UK in 2012 as part of a pilot scheme by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) designed to encourage would-be parents to consider ‘difficult to place’ youngsters.

In 2014 the parties were rolled out in adoption agencies across the UK.

Originating in the US, adoption parties initially faced criticism when they arrived in the UK.

Critics described the events as ‘cattle markets for kids’ and ‘speed dating for toddlers’ likening them to Victorian times, when orphans were lined up and inspected by potential parents.  

However, the parties have proven to be a break through for children in the UK who have been harder to place.  

For while babies and young girls are snapped up by potential adopters, older children, groups of siblings, the disabled and ethnic minorities can be harder to place.

Until adoption parties were introduced, potential adopters had not been allowed to meet their would-be children.

They would instead to accept recommendations from social workers or select them from pictures and articles in specialist magazines or DVDs.

Adoption parties are now held once every two weeks somewhere in the UK and provide children and approved adopters a chance to meet in an informal setting. 

An average of one in four children who attend adoption days find their forever homes and last year over 100 children were placed. 

Six-year-old Lewis was placed into care along with his two younger siblings but was separated from them last year after they struggled to find any adopters willing to take all three.

At the adoption day he spent time playing football with prospective adopter Chris, an account manager, showing off his football skills.

Chris and his partner Sharon, an administrator, met nine years ago when they were in their early 40s. They tried for four years to have children before deciding to adopt.

They were approved to adopt one or two children over the age of six. 

Speaking on the programme, Sharon said: ‘What we’ve got to offer is love, lots of love. Everyone wants babies and toddlers and the older ones don’t seem to get that chance.’

The couple spent time with Lewis before speaking to his foster father, who described the schoolboy as a ‘dream’. 

Heartbreaking: Many said how they wanted the other children to find a forever home too

Heartbreaking: Many said how they wanted the other children to find a forever home too






Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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