Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on Rachel Maddux' book The Orchard Children, this still-timely 1978 TV movie stars Shirley Jones and Len Cariou as the foster parents of two "cast-off" children. After several years, Shirley and Len press to legally adopt the kids. But the natural parents (Cassie Yates and David Hayward) materialize virtually out of nowhere, demanding that their children be returned. The script is careful not to take sides, but audiences generally tend to favor the foster couple. Set in rural Tennessee, Who'll Save Our Children was actually filmed in British Columbia.
abandonment, child, adoption, foster-family, love, responsibility, biological-family [vs. adoptive], custody, desertion, return