The Day I Picked My Parents
Jeremiah & TyAired on Sep 08, 2019
17-year-old Ty has spent much of his teen years in a group home. Soon to be reaching adulthood and facing a life with no parental back up, Ty is desperate to find a forever family. As one of the oldest kids in the program his chances of getting an adoptive match are slim. 10-year-old Jeremiah and his sister are both in care but, together, are difficult to place. A heart-breaking decision is made to give Jeremiah the chance to find a match for himself – without his sister. We follow Ty and Jeremiah as they meet and match with their potential parents and decide where they want to call home.
Joshua & MelindaAired on Sep 08, 2019
When 11-year-old Joshua was taken into care he was just 3 years old. Moving from foster home to foster home, he is desperate to get adopted, but his adoptive matches keep falling. When he meets single divorcee, Susan, it’s love at first sight. Can this “difficult kid” and this wannabe mom make a success of their match? 12-year-old Melinda has been in over 20 foster or group homes and when she finds herself in yet another home with over 20 other kids she is desperate to get out. However, there is one sticking point–Melinda still has contact with her biological mom and although she dreams of an adoptive family this may put the match she makes though the program in jeopardy.
Clarissa & LauraAired on Sep 08, 2019
14-year-old Clarissa was taken into care two years ago with her younger sister. She comes from a long line of foster-home kids and is determined to break the cycle. Clarissa makes the difficult decision to seek adoption without her sister and gives this unique project a try–but it’s not long before her plans go awry. Clarissa’s good friend, 17-year-old Laura, is also taking a leap of faith. Three years ago she made the painful decision not to stay with her mom, but with her 18th birthday fast approaching she wants to find a safe and secure place to call home.
Angelica & JulieAired on Sep 08, 2019
16-year-old Julie, who has been in foster care for 4 years, joins the program on the hunt for a new family. Julie meets a married couple at an event and they instantly click–so when Julie’s circumstances suddenly change, she calls on the couple for help. But will this new family thrive or will the speedy move-in prove to be too much? 16-year-old Angelicia has been in foster care since her mom was put in jail ten years ago. Having been responsible for herself for over a decade she struggles with the idea that she needs a grown up to care of her. However, when Angelicia meets a volunteer through the program an unlikely match begins to blossom. Is it the answer she’s looking for?
Ariel & SincereAired on Sep 08, 2019
17-year-old Sincere has been in care for 11 years without an offer of adoption. A shy and gentle kid, he struggles to connect with grown-ups and often misses out to more outgoing kids. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Ariel has been in care for most of her life after being taken away from her mom when she was 3 years old. A volunteer at a dog shelter, Ariel compares herself to the dogs she cares for, saying it’s the puppies who always get homes while the old dogs are stuck in the shelter.
The Day I Picked My Parents is a documentary series that follows ten foster children who are part of a revolutionary program operated by the nonprofit organization Kidsave in California, as they search to find their forever home. For the first time in their lives, they will have input into their own destiny as they decide where they want to live and who will be their family. Kidsave partners with Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services to turn the adoption process on its head. Through a pioneering program Kidsave developed, kids who have been in foster care for much of their lives are being asked what they want, how they want to live and are given the power to picking their own parents.