Adoptions on Screen

What role does adoption play in television shows and movies? Is adoption simply another element of the character’s background, is it a way to demonstrate the character’s flaws or to garner sympathy, or is it meaningfully integrated into the storyline? Thinking about how adoption is portrayed in popular culture can tell us about our common understandings about adoption – who are adoptees, who adopts, and reasons for adoption.

A good resource for identifying adoption-related movies is the blog Adoption at the Movies.

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