Adoption storylines can be found all throughout television and movies. However, adoption is not always as accurately or intricately portrayed as it appears in “real life.”
When you and your children watch movies like Paddington, Black and White, Annie or even Superman or catch up on shows like Glee or Modern Family, do you use these as conversations about adoption and what it means to be a family through adoption?
We want to hear from you! What are your tips for starting these conversations? Did any one TV show, book or movie help spark an adoption conversation? Email us at email@example.com.
Our staff, here at American Adoptions, highly recommends the documentary Closure (now available on Netflix) to jumpstart such a conversation. Last November, during National Adoption Month, our staff shared a private screening of the film and agreed that it helped to describe an adoptee’s experience searching for answers about their birth family and portraying the experience of a transracial adoptee.
Below are some other helpful links, which we hope will help you with the lifelong conversation every adoptive parent has with their child:
- Transfiguring Adoption: Blog uses Harry Potter to start conversations – One foster family is using Harry Potter to relate adoption to their children and community. Follow the link to see their cute videos!
- Tell Your Child’s Adoption Story – How an episode of Modern Family shows the importance of honesty in an adoption conversation with your child.
- Superman is One Super Adoptee – A great quote from director Zach Snyder about Superman as an adoptee.
- Teaching Children About Adoption – From Rogers to Sesame Street to Jessie, here’s some adoption information from children’s television shows.
- How to Tell Your Child About Adoption – When and how to get started.