The Lost Children Of Possum Trot



Possum Trot is home to no more than 30 or so African American families, who live in small wooden houses or mobile homes.

It has no shops, no petrol stations, not even a post office.

Its main landmark is the Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

We hear from the pastor, the Rev WC Martin and his wife Donna, who began this unprecedented flood of adoptions with two half-white siblings, found in a state of neglect and starvation.

They tell of the problems they encountered from the start.

The children did not want to be adopted by a black family.

They thought they would be dirty and have no television.

Pastor Martin and Donna battled with their prejudices, in the belief that ensuring the children knew they were loved would go a long way to mending the damage done by their abused past.

With their eldest biological child severely brain damaged, they went on to adopt two more children whom no-one else would take on, making a grand total of six Martin children.

We go to their home and hear how they and the children are coping.

From these small beginnings, the congregation of the Bennett Chapel Missionary church began to come forward to offer more and more homes to other special needs children, whom the rest of the world did not want to know.

We visit other families, some with five children, some with six, a mix of biological and adopted kids in each small home.

It's not been easy.

Four years and some 86 adopted and fostered children later, we hear the stories of these adoptions from the parents and children themselves.

This is the inspiring and moving story of a community who decided, en masse, to do something about a terrible situation.

For their pains, they are beginning to see the children develop into happy and healthy kids.