The Cradle, Other Adoption Agencies Call for FOX-TV to Cancel New Reality Program 'Who's Your Daddy' From Its Programming Schedule
Tuesday December 28, 1:21 pm ET

Supporters of Adoption Blast New TV Show as 'Insensitive' and 'Inappropriate' Toward Adopted People

EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cradle, one of the nation's foremost child welfare and adoption agencies, headquartered in Evanston, today called for FOX-TV and its local affiliate in Chicago, WFLD-TV, to remove the upcoming reality television show "Who's Your Daddy" from its programming line-up, citing its inappropriate and unethical portrayal of the adoption process. Together with other adoption agencies and child advocacy groups including the Children's Defense Fund, the Child Welfare League, and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, The Cradle is launching a nationwide effort to educate potential viewers about the program's insensitive and inappropriate treatment of the subject of adoption. The groups are encouraging anyone who cares about children and adopted individuals to call or write the television network and its more than 200 affiliates across the country.

"Adoption is not a game," said Julie Tye, President of the Cradle. "For all who strive to unite willing adopted persons with willing birth relatives in an honorable and ethical manner, the show creates a warped sense of reality and does a tremendous disservice to our efforts."

"Who's Your Daddy," scheduled to air beginning January 3rd on FOX, presents adoption in a game show format, relying on deception, commercialism and a stunning absence of parity between the participants. When done properly, a face-to-face adoption reunion occurs in a manner where each party has equal standing. The program violates this and countless other basic ethical guidelines in reuniting adopted persons with willing birth relatives. Generally, there has been some prior communication so that each party has a sense of the other. Guesswork is not a healthy part of the process. The setting should support the intensely personal nature of this profound event. And, above all, there is no room for financial gain, which only casts doubt on people's motives and sets an extremely poor example as to how the adoption process is normally handled.

"It cheapens the whole experience of adoption," said Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan P. Donaldson Adoption Institute. "It's a game show; it's all about money."

The Cradle and other adoption organizations are waging a letter writing campaign by e-mail protesting the FOX program. In addition, the groups representing adopted children and birth parents are considering organizing a boycott against advertisers who buy spots during the special.

About The Cradle

The Cradle is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 child welfare agency, licensed by the State of Illinois and Kansas. Its mission is to benefit children -- by providing education, guidance and lifelong support on parenting choices. The Cradle is committed to serving as a partner in creating and sustaining nurturing families.

For more than 80 years, The Cradle has been highly regarded as one of the country's foremost adoption agencies. Over the years, it has placed 14,000 children with permanent, loving homes.

The Cradle's domestic infant adoption program is one of the oldest and largest in the country. It is also recognized for its international adoption programs, the Sayers Center for African American Adoption, named for NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, which is dedicated to meeting the needs of African American children, birth families and adoptive parents, and The Cradle's Post-Adoption Services Department which provides lifelong support for birthparents, adopted persons and adoptive parents.