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First broadcast:
Tuesday 11 September 2012

Paddy O'Connell has taken over the One to One interviewer's microphone to explore a subject that reflects his own experience: the effect of great emotional upheaval on family life.

Paddy lost his father when he was 11, and in last week's programme he met Sir Al Aynsley-Green whose career was shaped by the early loss of his own father.

This week's programme takes a slightly different tack as Paddy meets Lisa Cherry, whose childhood was spent in the Care System.

Born in a home for unmarried mothers, her childhood was spent moving from foster home to care home and a spell of homelessness. Eventually Lisa managed to get control of her spiralling life - giving up drinking and getting an education was the making of her.

producer: Karen Gregor.

  • Organisations which offer advice and support, from the bbc.co.uk/actionline

    The Who Cares? Trust is a voice for children in care. Everything they do is designed to improve the day to day experience of children and young people in care - and their future lives. You can contact them by phone on 020 7251 3117 or visit them online at www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk
    Their website also includes The Who Cares? Town, a section designed for especially for children and young people: www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk/who-cares-town

    A National Voice is an organisation run by and for care experienced young people. Staff are also care experienced. Their main aim is to create positive changes to the Care System in England and provide a national platform to hear the voices of approx 60,000 children and young people who are Looked After. Find out more by logging on to www.anationalvoice.org

    The Fostering Network is a UK charity for everyone involved in fostering, working to improve the lives of children in foster care. It runs Fosterline, a confidential advice line funded by the Department for Education, which provides independent, impartial advice about fostering issues.
    Fosterline: 0800 040 7675

    Barnardo's has more than 100 years' experience of fostering and can offer help and support to someone trying to trace their birth family. They also operate fostering and adoption agencies and recruit a wide range of foster carers from across the UK. Discover what it’s like to be a Barnardo’s foster carer or find out more about tracing your birth family at www.barnardos.org.uk/fosteringandadoption

    British Association For Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) is one of the UK’s leading charities for children in care, providing services to meet the needs of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.
    Advice line for any questions on adoption or foster care: 020 7421 2600

    After Adoption is a leading adoption support charity and provides services throughout the England and Wales. They find adoptive placements for children and support all those affected by adoption. They are the largest provider of search and intermediary services and have been creating, maintaining and reuniting family connections for over twenty years. Since 1990 they have helped more than 100,000 people deal with the lifelong impact of adoption.
    For more information call 0800 0 568 578 or visit them online

    TALKadoption, provided by the charity After Adoption, offers information and support for young adopted people who want to talk about adoption.
    Call: 0808 8081234 or Text: 07818594201

    Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption and adoptive parenting. They work with parents and practitioners to make adoptions succeed, promoting loving and supportive family relationships within adoptive families.
    Adoption UK Helpline: 0844 848 7900

    Care for the Family is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those hurting because of family breakdown. Contact them by phone on 029 2081 0800, email mail@cff.org.uk or log onto www.careforthefamily.org.uk

    The Centre for Separated Families works with everyone affected by family separation in order to bring about better outcomes for children. Contact them by email through advice@separatedfamilies.org.uk or log onto www.separatedfamilies.org.uk


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