20/20 ran a program tonight entitled, From Russia With Love -- Dealing With Difficult Adoptions, which focused on adoptees, especially Russian adoptees, who are struggling with adjusting to their new families.
Tanya and Mike Mulligan opened up to 20/20 and allowed their children's and their family's struggles to be filmed. The couple have adopted 3 children from Russia and 2 of the 3 suffer from multiple diagnosis's. They have a lawsuit pending against the adoption agnecy for not disclosing their children's needs before making the adoption final.
I watched 20/20's latest installment with much interest since the topic was adoption. You just never know how adoption will be portrayed and while I don't want to pass judgment on this struggling family, I thought there were opportunities for learning that may benefit other adoptive parents, things we can all learn from the Mulligan family.
Did you watch 20/20? If so, what did you think?
I learned more after I interviewed the couple. Check out highlights from my phone conversation with Mike and Tanya Mulligan for more answers.
A special thank you to Christopher Hilt, adoptive father of 2 Russian adoptees, for the heads up on this 20/20. His ex-wife Peggy Hilt was interviewed on this 20/20 episode and Christopher Hilt provided a few snapshots of Nina for the show.