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