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Film review: Off and Running

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Avery Klein-Cloud with the rest of her family

Almost by chance, I was recently invited to a viewing of Off and Running, a very fine documentary film about a Jewish lesbian couple who adopted several children, including Avery, a black girl, the main subject of the documentary.  No doubt a very loving family, it took me a while to work out the underlying “issue” in the family.   As I best grasped it, the adoptive parents shared fully their culture with their children, but they overlooked the birth culture of the children to the extent that at least in one instance it caused huge difficulties.  They couldn’t grasp its importance for their daughter when she needed to find out who she was – and not simply as regards possible contact with birth parents which they were fine with.  Transracial and transnational adoptions – more and more the norm nowadays – have additional demands above those in traditional adoptions. I never considered this previously.

The screening was organised by Adoption Mosaic, a Portland, OR, based innovative education, practice and support service for the whole child adoption community.

Here’s an interesting blog I came across on a related subject:

National Adoption Month: 10 Common Misconceptions about Adoption

November is National Adoption Month in the United States, and although the main purpose of the month is to encourage adoption of children in foster care, all things adoption seem to make the Internet rounds each November. This seems as good a time as any to clear up some of the most common misconceptions people outside of adoption tend to have about it. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Frank McMullan

27 November 2010 at 07:44

Posted in Adoption