Is a child abandoned by a parent?

Browse movies, tv shows, books and more with child abandonment.
I personally find it disturbing when children are betrayed by the one person they are supposed to trust. it makes me feel sick seeing it and i like to avoid movies that have it.
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Movie • 2023 Report
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Bricoleur
Sort of. Peter Quill references how his mother died and his grandfather screamed at him on the same day, which caused him to leave Earth. Also, the villain, the High Evolutionary, creates many sentient creatures, including some he treats like beloved children (like Rocket) and some that look like human children, and then he rejects, abandons, or attempts to destroy them all.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
153
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Mike notes that after his and Abby’s mother died their Father couldn’t handle it and took off
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
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Anonymous
Ellie’s mom died. She wasn’t abandoned wtf y’all
Movie • 2023 Report
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104
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Matteic
A baby is entrusted to friends of the parents, after the parents realize they are not able to take care of their child for now. The child is later reunited with parents.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
94
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saste12
(Spoilers) A child witnesses her mother's suicide. We see flashbacks of the event. This could be considered abandonment perhaps.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
85
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7
The abandonment happens before the movie and is not central to the plot but is referenced
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
85
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NoAviNK1
One of the villains leaves a child behind and its mostly treated as a joke, but the child is safe by the end of it.
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
78
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5
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Puppers4life
The mother Monica abandons the kids on several occasions throughout the series. Frank also basically abandoned the family only comes around when he needs something.
TV Show • 2008 Report
Yes
70
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2
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Pantalones
Young boy is left alone for long periods of time by meth-using parents. The parents return rarely but just do meth and abuse each other, they never really parent.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
66
No
2
5
A characters dad who gets addicted to drugs slowly stops seeing his kids and they haven’t seen him in a few years
Movie • 1996 Report
Yes
61
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0
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saste12
Technically yes. A character who is a teenager mentions their mom abandoned them, though it's not actually shown on-screen.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
60
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28
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malovela
There are no children in the movie. A grown man talks about his traumatic childhood.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
57
No
4
8
NikolasVerSteeg
The show revolves around the dysfunctional relationship between a parent and his family, whose origin story involves similarly being abandoned by his own father. (ep 1)
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
56
No
9
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Solareclipse2014
Sam and Dean are left to fend for themselves for most of their childhood because John Winchester is an jerk
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
56
No
3
8
SiRenfield
A father disowns his daughter for marrying a man he disapproves of albeit they reconnect decades later
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
54
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1
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704
SUNNY's mother rather recklessly leaves him at home for several days with only a single cold steak in the fridge for food. She forgets to pay the electric bill, and stays out of town for more days than intended because of "a furniture sale".

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SUNNY's father is implied to have disowned him and left after the day of the incident. AUBREY's father also left after that; her mother does not do much in the way of caring for her.
TV Show • 2016 Report
Yes
54
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2
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SiRenfield
S3
 E3
Billy’s mother walked out of the family in order to escape her abusive situation
Movie Report
Yes
54
No
0
12
ChelHendrySimmons
Central plot point is that the children wake up in an empty house and don't know where their parents are.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
52
No
12
5
TheHazbin
Charlie hasn't heard from her mother Lilith in seven years -- it's unclear why. Charlie tries to remain positive but is clearly bothered.
TV Show • 2014 Report
Yes
50
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1
1
envystar
multiple scenes of bojack being neglected by his parents, one scene shows him being picked up multiple hours late from soccer practice
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
47
No
9
4
Cavalier_Avocado
Joe leaves Henry on the steps of a couple he knows before he leaves town.
YouTube • 2023 Report
Yes
47
No
0
7
Welg
While Tilín is neglected and Wilbur does have to be away for long periods of time there is also permanent child abandonment like Spreen leaving Fit and Ramón which is referenced multiple times though usually in a lighthearted manner and Kameto leaving which Pomme has stated actually affects her though she jokes about it sometimes. Note that kids having parents not in their lives is referenced and talked about seriously at multiple points and can be hard to avoid.
TV Show • 2022 Report
Yes
46
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20
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Anonymous
nick and his brother by their dad and darcy by her mum
Yes
45
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4
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mointheforest
A parent is unable to return to their child and the child feels abandoned.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
45
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3
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uselesslesbiab
Meredith's father leaves her as a child and then remarries/has another family. Jo was abandoned as a baby and left at a fire station. A few parents throughout the series abandon their babies.
Movie • 2023 Report
Yes
42
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4
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BookandMovieLover
When they were a baby but they survived.
Movie Report
Yes
42
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Regan
Yes. But they reconnect
Movie Report
Yes
41
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itsmeemomo
Parental neglect/control is one of the underlying themes of the film, however it is through an elderly mother and her adult son instead.
TV Show • 2010 Report
Yes
41
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7
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leahloveshorrormovies
season 10 one of the whispers leaves a baby out in the feild to die because it was being to loud and drawing attention, but soon after connie saves it. this happens when alpha shows up at hilltop to get lydia back for the first time
Movie Report
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41
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Michelleisokay
Two adult children are disowned by their mother prior to the movie, it is briefly discussed