15,000 Kids and Counting

The Search

Series 1 - Episode 2 The Search



Seven-year-old Lauren yearns to be adopted and knows exactly what she wants from her new mum: “Someone who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke and doesn’t take drugs.” Adds her social worker Annette: “In this day and age, it’s not a lot to ask, is it? Poor kid.”

Lauren and her three-year-old brother Liam have been in foster care for more than two years. Though she loves her doting foster carers, Lauren wants the stability of a family that will be hers for ever.

But it’s a fickle business – she is considered the wrong age for adoption as would-be parents on the whole want younger children. There are even suggestions she’s holding Liam back, although social services insist they will never be separated.

As this profoundly moving documentary reveals, there are children across Britain just like Lauren. We hear how one little girl even asked her social worker, “Why does nobody want me?”


The documentary follows the search for adoptive parents for a two-year-old boy and a brother and sister aged three and seven. With the added challenges of having slightly older children, siblings and a youngster with possible health issues to place, the task for social workers Annette and Jackie is a massive one, and they struggle not to become emotionally involved in their cases.

Cast & Crew

Director Chris Eley
Executive Producer Brian Woods
Producer Chris Eley