Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Adoption is getting so much more airtime than it got when I was growing up. I love that its growing to have a postive light around it and myths are being debunked even in the media. While I was thinking about adopted characters Z often dresses up as, movies and TV shows that present adoption in a positive light started coming to me, too, and I couldn't help but share some of them. I'm sure I'm missing quite a few, so if you know of any that I didn't put here, please let me know by leaving a comment.

Diff'rent Strokes
Punky Brewster
all the Super Heroes in the last list
Tarzan...sure Tarzan is adopted by gorillas, but the movie still shows us you don't have to look just like your family members to be a family
Meet the of our favorites. This Disney movie is awesome.
Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda 2...this one is all about adoption and Po's search for "who he is"
Hook...remember this one? One of my very favorite movies. In Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie the lost boys come home with Wendy, John, and Michael and become...adopted.
The Blindside
Despicable Me

Know any others?

Losing Isaiah...thought I should take a moment to debunk this one. I think this one is terrible and discouraging. It will send you into a sob fest and not the good kind (i.e. The Blindside). This movie terribly portrays the majority of adoption. In fact, I have reason to believe this movie is more about foster care. I'm not sure because I haven't reviewed it in a decade and don't plan on it, but as far as adopting in America, once a child has LEGALLY become yours, the child is YOURS. I think Isaiah might have been a foster child who's mother decided to parent her child, a notion that is encouraged for kids in state care. Therefore Isaiah was taken from the only family he knew for four years. This does happen with foster care, but one knows this on becoming a foster parent. This is not a normal reality for adoption. Just wanted to do my part in speaking truth where I feel this movie has put a veil over it.

Check some of these out if you haven't already. Can you think of any others?

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorites growing up, and now one of Chase and Siena's favorites is "The Rescuers!" The little girl Penny is an orphan and a hero (she's adopted in the end)! The song "Someone's Waiting for You" is just perfect, makes me cry every time!