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July 28, 2017

Movie Night: 5 More Films About Adoption or Foster Care

So the weekend has arrived and you want to watch a movie. Why not watch one that is family friendly and starts a conversation about adoption or foster care? After our first post featuring 5 Films About Adoption or Foster Care, you–our Lifesong audience–responded with your own creative recommendations. Here are 5– 1. Meet the Robinsons Twelve-year-old Lewis loves to invent things, and he never gives up on his many creative ideas. Oh … and he lives in an orphanage. Specifically, he’s had 124 interviews with potential parents, and he’s ready to give up on the idea of being adopted. (What kid wouldn’t be?) Thanks to the help of a mysterious stranger, Lewis is invited to travel 20 years into his future where he meets the loving family that will be his. Armed with this hope, he returns to the present time period and presses on. This cute, family-friendly movie will raise good discussion points … Continue reading

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May 26, 2017

Netflix’s Anne with an E, Reviewed

Anne with an E

While critics are divided over the new “Anne of Green Gables,” one thing is certain– Anne with an E is darker and grittier than previous adaptations of the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. That said, I’m not ready to give up on the series. Here are a few personal observations after watching the first episode. Parental Cautions Good news: The first episode steers clear of vulgar language and sexual content. Watching this episode as a family is no problem from this perspective. Caution: Anne is occasionally haunted by brief-but-instense flashbacks of physical abuse from her previous homes (including a bullying scene with her peers and a scene where her foster dad beats her over a tree stump and then collapses to his death). If you watch this episode with young children or someone who was fostered, orphaned, or adopted, the flashbacks could trigger hard questions or memories. Critics suggest the show is best suited for … Continue reading

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December 9, 2016

Movie Night: 5 Family Films About Adoption

Movies can be a helpful catalyst for conversation. And since adoption is a time-tested theme in entertainment, many choices exist. Not all family friendly movies containing an adoption element are a good idea, however. If you’re looking to avoid a movie (a.k.a. The Avengers) whose on-screen answer to a killer’s spree was, “He’s adopted,” try *these choices instead. 1. Anne of Green Gables Whether you have sworn your lifetime allegiance to the 1985 production or are a new fan of the recently released 2016 version (OR are holding out for the new TV series coming to Netflix in 2017), don’t discount this plot line in the adoption discussion. Orphaned since infancy and passed around for 12 years, Anne maintains a single philosophy: Look for the best in everything. If it doesn’t exist, imagine it. Finally Anne is adopted by Matthew and Marilla, and it doesn’t take long to realize this decision makes many lives richer. 2. Despicable Me … Continue reading

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