What's the series about?

Across the UK, thousands of children are waiting for a family of their own. This new series follows the searches of people desperate to become parents, and children who have suffered the toughest of starts in life, as they create new families through adoption.

Emotionally challenging, and with no guarantee of success, there are many myths surrounding the adoption process. Now this series sheds light on its defining moments. From when the search for a family begins, through to the day a child first meets its new parents, Wanted: A Family of My Own captures the extraordinary stories of tenacity, compassion and resilience which lie at the heart of adoption today.

Presented by Nicky Campbell, himself adopted as a baby, the series provides an intimate insight into adoption in Britain. Across the series we meet a gay couple who thought they would never become parents, a single mum who is adopting for the third time, a baby boy who was born addicted to crack cocaine and couples who, after struggling with infertility, are finally getting close to having families of their own.

We have been working in partnership with eight local authorities across the UK who've given us unprecedented access to the adoption process: Bournemouth, Cheshire West and Chester, Edinburgh, Somerset, Southend-on-Sea, Southwark, Stoke-on-Trent and Surrey.

First4Adoption is the national information service for people thinking of adopting a child in England. Their information line is open 10am – 6pm, Monday – Friday on 0300 2220022 to answer all your adoption questions. First4Adoption will also be open to take your calls about any aspect of the adoption process for an hour after each show, from 10pm Thursdays. Get in touch with them on 0300 222 0022.

Find out more about the authorities who have worked with us

Get in touch with organisations that can offer help with adoption

Where to get advice if you've been affected by issues in the show