November 13, 2011

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Watch a Movie with an Adoption Theme

No matter if your children were adopted or are biological, watching an adoption-related movie with your family can help open the lines of communication about adoption. Picking the right adoption-centered movie can bring your entire family together and help each member of your family have a fuller understanding of many important aspects of adoption. Here are some family-friendly adoption movies:

  • Lilo and Stitch
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Stuart Little
  • Angels in the Outfield
  • Annie
  • Tarzan
  • The Rescuers
  • Kung Fu Panda 2

Movie Night

I am still in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia, but I am always looking for ways to discuss adoption with our young son. We have an assortment of books about adoption for him, but I am excited to watch adoption-related movies with him.

Given his age, we will be adding Stuart Little and Kung Fu Panda 2 to his Christmas list. Lilo and Stitch is applicable for foster care, but many parents warn that it is not appropriate for young children or those currently in foster care.

Babe, the movie about a pig who is separated from his birth family, is an adorable movie that would appropriate for many adopted children. I’ve also heard that Snow Dogs is a good movie that incorporates transracial adoption. And Pinnochio has got to be the classic adoption movie.

Through some quick research, I also found that many parents recommend Meet the Robinsons, a Disney movie about an orphan who dreams of finding a family and travels through time to save the planet and learns about his family. The movie does have some critics, but it does make the topic of adoption approachable in a funny and action-packed animated movie that many kids will enjoy. Click here for a review of the movie.

Additionally, I plan on seeing Martian Child, starring John Cusack. This movie is rated PG, but it might be more appropriate for older adopted or foster children.

Last, I loved the movie Annie when I was a child. I had two records of the soundtrack (yes, records…can you guess my age?), and I wore them both out. I might try to add the movie to our regular rotation of Cars and Toy Story. I do wonder if Annie is too literal or stereotypical for an adopted child to build a positive identity about adoption. Thoughts?

Lindsay H
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