Following Faith: Adopted, Chinese and Jewish

Following Faith: Adopted, Chinese and Jewish

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 In 1991, 61 children were adopted from China by the United States. By 2006 that number had risen to 6,493, mostly girls. Though the number has fallen in recent years, China is still the number one destination for American families looking to adopt. Now some of the little girls coming tend to be older, or perhaps they have some physical handicap.

In the new documentary Wo Ai Ni Mommy, filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal follows one Long Island Jewish family as it adopts Faith, an 8 year old girl from China. Transracial adoptions are complicated enough but when the child is older it can be even trickier. But for a filmmaker it means she can also do something that’s rare in these stories – really include the girl’s point of view as she leaves behind everything she knows to start her new life.

Wo Ai Ni Mommy airs on PBS' POV on Tuesday, August 31, 2010.