5 Adoption Friendly Flicks

This guest post is by Anthony Zurica, an adoption attorney.

Adopting a child into a new home can be a whirlwind of activity.

In addition to the huge excitement and joy that comes attached with expanding the family, there is often a bigger amount of concern as to whether the child will be comfy with adapting to the new environment, especially if he is an older child.

While you might feel tempted to create an adoring design in your home, it is important to leave plenty of room for self-expression.

You also want to ensure that the newcomer is learning while adapting to the ‘new home’ you are trying to create for him.

One of the fastest ways through which you can keep adoptees occupied, engaged and learning at the same time is to hook them up with movies; movies tailored for them.

Generally, some movies and TV shows have great themes that describe happy adoption, even if not always well-implemented, are able to create a relatable experience for adoptive families and the adopted children in a way they can identify with.

Here are 5 adoption-friendly movies – in no particular order – for those involved in the adoption process:

Annie

This 2014 movie portrays a beautiful young girl who was hopelessly lost within the New York City foster care program yet stayed strong and smart enough to survive the woes of NYC streets.

Annie was unlucky to have stayed with a mean foster mom, Miss Hannigan but luck shined on her when she met a billionaire, Will Stacks, who saved her from a near-car accident.

The scene was videotaped by an unknown passerby. Stacks would use this to boost his polls for an upcoming election in NYC. Annie only had one hope of having her parents back someday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Interesting action film for younger boys, a rat (Master Splinter) played the role of an excellent adoptive father with 4 teenage turtles in his care.

They had a need to fight the enemies of the city but cannot be seen in daylight. The movie laid a strong emphasis on family living and working together as one.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Jim and Cindy Green were not fortunate with child-bearing as a result of infertility.

Through the help of Disney Magic, a baby grew in their garden just after dreaming about whom their child would be.

Behold, a Timothy Green! The couple raised Timothy as their own child but soon lost him after he disappeared, leaving a warning message that they both were ready to be parents.

This leaves Jim and Cindy pursuing adoption a year later.

Tarzan

Tarzan, a human raised by an ape, Kala, in the jungle, begins to make inquiries about his origin. Tarzan learned about the jungle culture and began to live just like its inmates.

However, the film celebrates a “two worlds, one family” kind of theme.

This leaves Tarzan to figure out how exactly he fits into the world of apes and other animals. 

Superman: The Movie

A couple was faced with the hardest decision of their lives by having to adopt a child who came from nowhere.

Superman’s father Jor-El had made the decision from a planet far away to save his only son as he watched his world crumble.

The couple did their best to provide the best for him but later had to deal with identity-formation issues for the child. Being Superman, he just can’t stop being noticed.

These 5 films aren’t just great movies to watch together as a family, they’re also wonderful conversation-starters about adoption for you and your children. 

Anthony Zurica is an experienced adoption attorney covering all of New York, helping single adults, heterosexual and same sex couples fulfill their dream of becoming parents.  For more information, check out www.nycadoptionlawyer.com.

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Pregnant and Considering Adoption? Know Your Rights

Ashley Mitchell is a birthmother and the president of Lifetime Healing, LLC.

Throughout this past decade I have seen a common thread throughout the birth mother communities: a lack of support after relinquishment. 

The mission of Lifetime Healing is to make sure that any woman that chooses to place her child for adoption will have free lifetime support, no matter where she lives. 

We do not believe that post-placement care should be a luxury, it should be the standard. 

I talk all the time about the 3 R’s of adoption: Rights, Roles and Responsibility.  I want to share with you some thoughts on the first R – Rights of the mother. 

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5 Things That Helped Me Get Through The Year I Placed My Baby For Adoption

This guest post is by Alice, a birthmother.

I was Miss Squeaky Clean back in high school. I didn’t even kiss a boy till I was 18. But nine years later I had my first real experience and Wowzers, just like that I got pregnant. 

Let me tell you that it is sucky to be in that boat. I know because I was there. 

Everyone says that placing your baby for adoption is really honorable. The question is, is it the right thing to do? That’s something you need to decide for yourself because it’s a rough road ahead. 

In my case, I knew I had to place my baby. I had found two imperfectly lovely parents and I wanted them for my baby. I am now extremely happy that I ever got to go through this.

Today I am married to my soulmate and have two beautiful babies who I stay home with. 

Placing my baby for adoption was hard but I have never wished that I would have single parented. There were five things that got me through that tough, sacred first year.  Continue reading

What I Wish Others Knew About Open Adoption

This guest post is by Chemene, an adoptive mother and adoption support group leader. 

When I was in my 20’s I wished for a time machine to go back and change the things I did in high school. 

You know those really important things: Break up with my boyfriend sooner; study for a test days NOT hours before while in homeroom; get better clothes!  

In my 30’s I wished I could go back to my childhood and experience that feeling of no responsibility; no bills; no taxes; maybe relive even my first childhood kiss. 

But recently I asked myself would I go back now to make changes?  My answer would be a little different.  It wouldn’t be 100% yes, it would be more like 50/50.   Continue reading