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Foster Mother to Eleven Children

Miss Christie, aged 64, shares her home with eleven foster children, a donkey, three dogs and twelve cats. Anglia TV reports.

News 1970 5 mins

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Miss Christie and nine of her eleven foster children return home through the snow. Anglia Television interview Miss Christie about her circumstances and motivations to care for eleven children who all come from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. Miss Christie explains that the mothers of the children are student nurses, and the fathers work in the evenings, so Miss Christie has agreed to give the children a foster home.

The reporter for Anglia Television uses the termed ‘coloured’, referring to the ethnicity of the children. Clearly not an acceptable term one might use today, however, it appears it was acceptable at the time the footage was produced. Perhaps this might be considered more as ignorant than malicious.