Adopted : The Movie

[I've seen this written up a couple of times now, and today is the first time I was actually sitting at the computer when I thought about it.] As the website says:

"Adopted reveals the grit rather than the glamour of transracial adoption. First-time director Barb Lee goes deep into the intimate lives of two well-meaning families and shows us the subtle challenges they face. The results are riveting, unpredictable and telling."

(That little blurb made me cringe a little... am I going to be looked at as "well-meaning"?! I want to be a successful parent to a mixed-race family. Not a "well-meaning" parent who has failed.)

Then I watched the trailer and my heart literally hurt 40 seconds in... and continued to hurt for the rest of the trailer.

While it's easiest for us all to focus on the happy side of adoption, I think we all need to acknowledge that there is a not-so-happy side as well. While I think that the international adoption community has come a long, long way since days of past, but I think it would be ignorant to not be aware of, and to understand, the challenges and their effects if not handled well. Otherwise, how can we prevent ourselves from making the same mistakes? Anger and Grief is a very necessary part of this journey we are on and I think that this movie will illustrate what can happen if those feelings — and others that the adoptee and their family face — are not dealt with continually through life.

There's also a companion DVD called "We Can Do Better" that offers advice to today's adoptive families. That's what I'm really intrigued about... and I think the title sums it up perfectly. Because don't we all want to do the absolute best we can?!

If nothing else, please check out the videos & links on the Adopted : The Movie site. The links section is definitely worth checking out... there are some incredible resources on there!