UNADOPTED
UNADOPTED
UNADOPTED
UNADOPTED
UNADOPTED
UNADOPTED
22-year-old Noel Anaya investigates why the foster care system never found him a “forever family”

UNADOPTED

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"A terrific film" - Noel King, NPR | "Tug at our heartstrings" - National Review 

Adoption Studies • Foster Care • Children, Youth & Families • Mental Health

Date of Completion: 2020 | Run Time: 33 minutes ​| Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide (Coming Soon) | Directors: Paula Neudorf & Arianna LaPenne Producers: Noel Anaya & Bob Calo

Of the 440,000 kids in foster care in the U.S., more than a quarter is over age 12. Adoption rates for these older kids are abysmally low. What happens when you're “too old” to get adopted? After 20 years in foster care, Noel Anaya was never adopted. He was determined to investigate what went wrong, and finds the answers in his first documentary film. UNADOPTED starts with Anaya untangling his own unique story, which leads him to a wider examination that reveals the social welfare system’s silent but pervasive systemic bias against families of color, and teenagers aka “older youth". While most young adults look to their parents for answers about identity and upbringing, Anaya turns to court records, social workers, and most importantly, three California teens who reveal the critical decisions they’re currently making to secure a “forever family”or not.

NPR | Noel King, host of Morning Edition & Up First
"A terrific film"

National Review
"These programs tug at our heartstrings with the tragic details of the child-welfare system they present. But if you watch closely, you see that they also reveal important policy errors in the system and that they give the public a window into just how things have gone so wrong."

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Producer and Featured Perspective in UNADOPTED

Noel Anaya is a public speaker who focuses most of his energy to create awareness for people in the community. He uses multimedia as a medium to produce quality storytelling primarily about foster care and his own life. His Story “After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms,” as seen on NPR, won an Edward Murrow award, a Third Coast Festival award and an NYF Radio Award Noel plans to receive a BA in Media Communications and wishes to continue telling stories on social topics.