"Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it." – Andre Gide
I urge everyone separated by adoption to consider writing MTV to request they provide a BALANCED view of adoption. My fear is that with the NCFA lending a "helping hand", this True Life Documentary will be largely skewed towards the typical adoption myths – its wonderful for all concerned, mothers get over it, kids love being abandoned and adopted, closed records are good things, young single women make great breeders for older infertile woman, etc.
If you are familiar with the NCFA "training" program titled "Birthmother, Good Mother " you should know what I refer to . (The title of that material alone implies that only a mother who gives away her child is considered a "good mother").
Write to MTV, share your stories and experiences and perhaps they will show a truly balanced view versus the typical NCFA kool-aid.
The text below was received via email from NCFA.
NCFA Lends a Helping Hand to MTVâ€™s True Life Adoption Documentary
The National Council For Adoption is lending a helping hand to the producers of an adoption documentary for the successful and popular MTVâ€™s True Life series. Previous True Life documentaries have dealt with substantial subjects such as autism, schizophrenia, and war-weary veterans returning from Iraq.
The adoption documentary will follow three or four young unwed birthmothers on video as they go through difficult and emotional decisions in developing adoption plans for their babies.
According to the showâ€™s producers, the goals of the True Life adoption documentary are "to help de-stigmatize the adoption process and to show that adoption is a choice that loving, responsible mothers make when they believe itâ€™s best for their child. We also hope to express the range of emotions birthmothers feel as they go through this process."
These goals coincide with the mission of NCFAâ€™s new iChooseAdoption public awareness campaign to "create a more pro-adoption culture in which everyone, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, can consider adoption freely without fear, bias, or misunderstanding" and to "promote a culture that respects and appreciates birthmothers, honors their decision-making process, and supports their choice of adoption."
MTV is conducting a nationwide search for prospective birthmothers for the True Life adoption documentary.
If you know of any expectant birthmother who you feel would make a good candidate for this documentary, please contact the producers directly at email@example.com, or by calling 718-422-0705.
We expect the True Life show to bring the adoption process more into the public limelight and provide a viable and important link to the target audience we are trying to reach with our iChooseAdoption message, namely young unwed expectant birthmothers who are facing difficult decisions concerning the future of their babies.