The Big Society's big challenge: Kids in care
Panorama gained rare access to tell the stories of children taken into care in Coventry and examines the challenge they present to society.Read more on the story
In care since the age of three and placed in five care homes and 13 foster homes in the Coventry area, 14-year-old Conner is typical of many of the 70,000 children being looked after in the care system in the UK.
Here we see him arrive at his latest care home - the Grange - a home for teenagers unable to stay with foster families.
In Coventry, the foster family of three-year-old Conor struggle daily with the impact that frequent moves and failed adoptions have had on the toddler.
His foster mum, Seraina Wincott wrestles with the dilemma of whether it is even fair she should love a little boy who will one day leave her temporary care.
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A lack of foster families and adoptive parents led to a crisis for children taken into care in the early 1960s. Panorama's John Morgan visited a children's home in south London to look at the scale of the problem.
This is an abridged version of Panorama: Children in Care which was originally broadcast on 18 June 1962.
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