The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Adoption

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” was  released in theaters last weekend and Jennifer Garner, who stars in the movie, recently spoke about how adoption and infertility are themes in the movie.

In the movie Garner’s character, Cindy, and her husband in the movie (Joel Edgerton) are struggling conceiving a child. Garner’s character ends up writing down all of the characteristics of her “dream child” and locking them away in a box. We don’t want to spoil the plot of the movie, but Timothy Green eventually appears in their lives and the movie follows Garner and Edgerton’s journey with their “adopted” child.

In an interview with, Garner says that while she has never dealt with infertility, she has a lot of friends who have adopted or used IVF, and took this role very seriously.

“I have so many friends who been through (infertility) or are in the process of adopting or doing IVF,” Garner said in the interview. “I see their heartbreak and I don’t claim to be the poster child for it, because it’s not my experience in any way, but I try to treat it with respect. I can imagine, very easily, that kind of longing and that kind of huge disappointment and reordering of your own idea of yourself.”

Garner went onto say in the interview that she hopes “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” will “support adoption.”

While it’s common to dream of your perfect child, much like Garner’s character in the movie, it’s important to remember that regardless of how you become a parent, the child that you’re parenting will be YOUR perfect child.