On our Facebook page, we asked about favorite adoption themed movies and television shows and what makes them favorites?
- America Adopts — Still have a soft spot for Juno not because it was a perfect movie or a perfect depiction of open adoption but because of the way it opened up a lot of eyes and generated a lot of discussion about the process.
- Lesa — One of my all-time favorite adoption themed movies is Flirting with Disaster. Upon the birth of his son, Ben Stiller annoyed with his neurotic parents journeys to find his birth parents. It really turns the whole notion of the “fantasy-family” on its head.
- Tracy — Does Timothy Green count?
- Michele — Tracy, I think the Odd Life of Timothy Green absolutely counts! I had the agency purchase it the other day and am planning for the staff to watch it. I love it for any prospective parent as it really has us all take a look at our expectations and fantasies regarding parenting.
- Kris — We also enjoyed The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. I know it had mixed reviews, but we also enjoy Meet the Robinson’s. I cry at the end every time!
- Erin — The Little Couple on TLC has recently adopted two children. It shows what they go through with the children and the struggles with language and development and the children are little as well. It’s interesting.
- Kris — Agree, The Little Couple is amazing. And it’s something I watch with the kids. We talk about adoption with them a lot, but this has opened up the dialog even more, with the kids doing more of the talking now.
- Erin — The Little Couple puts a good spin on open vs closed adoption as well. They don’t know a lot as they said in a few episodes so they have already put Will through so much to see what is going on right now. I agree with Kris Pakatar Palmer as well. My son and I can talk about his sister that is in another house and it’s interesting.
- Sara — My 4 year old and I love The Little Couple – not so much for educational purposes but its family friendly and shows a good view of a family that is different. Has anyone followed Girl, Adopted on PBS.com? I heard good things about it.
- Molly — I LOVE the The Little Couple too! But my favorite is Annie….just cause it’s a musical.
- Susan — I like I’m Having Their Baby. Although I’m not sold on the title, I do think they generally portray the adoption process pretty accurately. It’s typically not one sided either. I appreciate the way it shows the struggles and sacrifices these women (and sometimes men) go through when making an adoption plan. Sometimes it’s so accurate that it’s really hard to watch.
- Melissa — Susan, I agree- bad show name but provides a pretty realistic look into the journey birth families and adoptive couples go through. I admire the people on the show for allowing viewers to be part of such a difficult an emotional decision.
- Sandra — I would have to say I’m having their baby is the show I like the most too. It is extremely tough to watch sometimes and is always a tear perker. And now that I am pregnant after adopting last year it really makes me cry.
- Etsky Consulting — Martian Child! It’ s a beautiful and sensitive portrayal of a single adoptive father who learns to be exactly the parent his son needs. (granted, though, that it is not completely accurate…)
- Emily — We LOVE The Fosters! Again, it is a tv show, not a movie. Not only do I love the bi-racial 2 mom family, but the kids have great stories and throughout everything, family is the main theme.
- Molly — Wow I have a lot of shows to catch up on!
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