4 Adoption Movies With Great Messages #Adoption

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4 adoption movies that teach life lessonsI have a friend who would make an amazing mother. And her husband? He’d be an amazing father. However, like 1.5 million couples in the US, infertility has become a barrier to their dream of having a biological child. However, thanks to the option of adoption, it isn’t a barrier to having the family that they want. They have a warm, loving environment that some child will be blessed to call home. Over 130,000 children are adopted in the US every year.

So I dedicate this list of movies to my friend, the movie nut, whose heart is big enough to be open to the possibility of adoption.

Meet The Robinsons
Keep Moving Forward: that is the mantra that was repeated over and over in this movie. Lewis is a unique little boy, full of wonderment and potential. It was always there–it just took the right family to see it. He pushed through heartbreak and keep positive when the chips weren’t in his favor. In the end he ended up with the perfect people in his life. My take away from this movie: No matter what obstacles might be throw at you early on in life, if you just “keep moving forward” you’ll find that you can get much further than you thought possible.

despicable meDespicable Me
Gru did not seem like the fatherly type when the movie started. I mean, how could you be mean to cute kids selling cookies for goodness sakes? Even the main villain, Vector, bought some cookies. Even Gru himself didn’t didn’t think he was parent material. How far away from the truth he was–he was exactly the type of father these girls needed. Even Dr. Nefario turned into a decent grandfather figure. Sometimes it is the most unexpected people who can make great parents, caregivers, and even mentors. My take away from this movie: There are kids out there that need love and support–and to them, even when I might think I’m not good enough, I am more than enough.

Dennis the Menace
I remember hating Dennis the Menace when I was little. I didn’t think he was funny, I thought he was bad. And to me, even back then, “bad” was not an endearing quality. Now that I have been working with kids in a variety of settings I can say, without any back peddling, some kids are just plain difficult. And some kids who have been through a world of experiences before they ended up in the system can have some serious behavioral issues. And the truth is, after what some of them have gone through, anyone would have issues. Does that make them unlovable? Unsalvageable? Unworthy of love? That is so far from it. The Dennises of the world are often the ones who feel the most, and are crying out for help, support, and love. My take away from this movie: Love can look past challenges to find what is worthy.

My favorite lines in my favorite song of this movie show the multilayers of this classic musical. “Dumb dog, why are you following me? I ain’t got a crumb dog, so how about letting me be?” Despite having little to nothing, and a gruff exterior, Annie took in a stray dog that saw her as the caring, vulnerable, loving little girl that she was. And later when Daddy Warbucks took her in, that pervious act of love expanded to take that dog from the streets to a mansion. It was Annie in the movie that taught that you don’t have to be a millionaire to share what you have with others, or make a home for someone. And it was the dog that taught me to look past the tough exterior. The result of those two acts of kindness? Two deserving souls got a second chance at a loving home. My take away from this movie: Look past the outside and to who someone really is, and remember that when you do good for one person, you empower them to do good for others.

These are just four movies that touched on the idea of adoption that taught life lessons. What movies or shows do you like that involve adoption, and do they teach any lessons?

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  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    All great movies too! I think it’s so important people are educated and know more about adoption!

  • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

    I remember watching the original ‘Annie’ movie, and as a child, thinking about how it must feel to be an orphan. I actually would have thought the statistics of adoption would have been higher for some reason. I’d be interested in knowing how it has changed over the years.

  • satrntgr

    We just watched Despicable Me yesterday – love that movie. All kids deserve a loving home, that’s for sure! :) #ibabloggers

  • http://www.misadventureswithandi.com Andi Fisher

    I haven’t seen Despicable Me yet, I didn’t know there was adoption as part of the story line. It is an important subject matter and I am glad children get exposed to it in a positive way.

  • http://www.youbabyandi.com Shanéy Vijendranath

    I love Despicable Me! What a great family movie.

  • http://superwonderwomanruss.blogspot.com/ russ r.

    I love love love and cried watching Despicable Me & Annie is another favorite. I even played the role of the orphans in a school play when I was in third grade. Every children are deserving of love and a good home. Parents who adopt children and provide them a good life are true blessings.

  • http://preciouslittleworlds.blogspot.com/ hannah staveley

    I love Annie reminds me of my childhood watching it.

  • http://www.spiffykerms.com Nancy

    I love all those movies! I remember reading the Dennis The Menace comics in the Saturday newspapers as a kid – I actually loved the lil guy because he was total opposite of me.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    All fabulous choices talking about adoption!!!! We watch a lot of these regularly :)

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    Love Annie, such a classic!

  • TheNewClassy

    I love the movie Annie. It is such a cute movie with a great cast!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I grew up watching the movie Annie. I also had a friend that was adopted so i understood early what it meant. I think it is amazing to open your heart and adopt.

  • http://mommyonlyhas2hands.org/ Heather – MOHTH

    Oh I love watching Annie! It’s one of my favorite classics. These all have great messages, I hope your friend can start her family soon.

  • http://www.simplybriannajoy.com/ Brianna K

    I have to say, I smiled when I saw your list of movies! These are all great choices! As my son calls the Minions….Beedo beedo :)

  • Stephanie Pass

    These are great pics for good messages. I love Meet the Robinsons and Annie for my kids to watch.

  • http://www.ericastartwalking.com/ Erica Bodker

    I love and have all of these. My kids are still a little young to understand but hey I love them.

  • http://www.happilyblended.com Brandy

    These really are great movies with good life lessons, I believe we have seen them all. Although the kids have not seen Annie yet, I am on the lookout for it so I can have them watch it on our family movie night soon!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is a great post indeed especially for those children who have been adopted. I love the movie Anne. Thanks for shairng.

  • http://www.northofsomething.com Jamie | North of Something

    I loved Despicable Me and The Robinsons. I’ve always really liked the idea of adopting or being a foster parent.

  • http://www.AmbyFelix.com Amby Felix

    I love all of these movies! They do offer great life lessons too!

  • http://gringoslocos6.blogspot.com Tina Ernspiker

    Love three out of four! I don’t think I have seen Dennis The Menace… #ibabloggers

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