Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Sight unseen, anthropologist David Moore (Jimmy Smits) adopts a Native American child named Adam. As Adam grows older (he is played as a boy by Michael Spears, and as a teenager by Fredrick Leader-Charge), Moore becomes painfully aware that the boy is developmentally delayed and emotionally disturbed. Doing some investigating on his own, Moore discovers that Adam is a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome. Despite the nagging temptation to divest himself of Adam, Moore loves the boy, and is determined to help him come to terms with his inherited handicaps. Directed by thirtysomething star Ken Olin, the made-for-TV Broken Cord debuted February 3, 1992.
adoption, birth-defects, parent/child-relationship, single-parent, handicap