Lawyer Marie Vodickova already looks after eight adopted children. Now she’s started a network of 20 ‘safe houses’ across the Czech Republic catering for poor and disadvantaged mothers – evicted from their homes, or escaping violent relationships – who might otherwise be forced to give up their children. After a rise in the number of abandoned babies, the Czech Republic passed a controversial law in 2005 allowing mothers to leave their new born babies anonymously in designated ‘baby boxes’. Maria believes the government should instead provide more welfare centres that would help mothers bond with their children and keep their families together.
Production: Gabriela Převrátilová
Writer/Director: Bronislava Janečková
Related links: The Fund for Children in Need (Fond Ohrožených Dětí)