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24
Mar

7 Famous Athletes You Didn’t Know Were Adopted

You might know their stats, but did you also know they were adopted?

 

 

Scott Hamilton – Olympic Figure Skater

Hamilton was adopted as an infant by two professors. He has an older sister and a younger brother, who is also adopted.

Despite a childhood brain tumor that halted his growth, recurring bouts of cancer and financial setbacks that temporarily stopped his Olympic training, Hamilton went on to win four consecutive U.S. championships, four consecutive World Championships, an Olympic gold medal and numerous awards for his philanthropic efforts.

 

 

Daunte Culpepper – Pro Football

Culpepper was placed into foster care with a family of 15 older siblings as an infant. When Culpepper’s birth mother was released from prison, she petitioned to gain custody of the then-five-year-old, but Culpepper asked to remain with his foster mother, Emma.

His birth mother understood, terminated her parental rights and Culpepper’s foster mother adopted him. Of his birth mother, Culpepper is grateful, saying, “She loved me that much, to take me back to Emma.”

In addition to his successful NFL career, Culpepper works closely with the African American Adoption Agency to help foster children of color find permanent adoptive parents as he did.

 

 

Peter & Kitty Carruthers – Olympic Figure Skaters

Olympic pairs figure skating silver medalists, Peter and Kitty Carruthers were both adopted as infants. Peter was adopted in 1960, Kitty two years later. Although not biologically related, the siblings and their parents remained extremely close and that family bond showed on the ice.

Kitty later went on to adopt two boys herself with her husband.

 

 

Babe Ruth – Pro Baseball

When he was seven years old, Babe Ruth was living in St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys’ orphanage. He developed his talent for baseball with his mentor and father-figure, Brother Matthias. When he was 19, Ruth was spotted by a talent scout, who legally adopted him so that he could join the Baltimore Orioles.

Babe Ruth later went on to adopt two children of his own and generously donated to St. Mary’s and Brother Matthias for the rest of his life.

 

 

Greg Louganis – Olympic Diver

At eight months old, Olympic champion, author and LGBT activist Greg Louganis was placed for adoption by his teenaged birth parents. His adoptive parents encouraged Louganis to pursue various athletics throughout his early childhood and adolescence that his young birth parents likely wouldn’t have been able to provide him with, leading to his legendary career as a diver.

 

 

Colin Kaepernick – Pro Football

Born to a single teenage birth mother, Kaepernick was placed in a transracial adoption as an infant. Kaepernick is the youngest of four children. He began playing football at the age of eight and continued his football training throughout his adolescence while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and also excelling in baseball and basketball.

 

 

Simone Biles – Olympic Gymnast

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and her sister were adopted by their maternal grandparents as young children and acknowledge them as their parents, having been raised by them. Biles’ parents have been extremely supportive of her athletic career; seen cheering her on throughout the 2016 Olympics.

When a gymnastic commentator referred to Biles’ biological grandparents, saying they “are NOT her parents,” Biles replied, “My parents are my parents and that’s it.”

6
Dec

5 Lessons ‘This is Us’ Teaches Us About Adoption

“This is Us,” an NBC show about a blended family told in different timelines, is arguably this fall season’s breakout hit. Focusing on three siblings — two twins and their adopted brother — coping with different crises at the age of 36, it’s quickly become a favorite for its honest portrayal of race, class, gender and body size.

One of the biggest storylines revolves around Randall, who was adopted by his parents from the hospital in the 1980s after his adoptive parents lost one of their triplets during childbirth. As an African-American in a white, middle-class family, he struggles to find his identity after he reconnects with his long-lost birth father.

The show is a great resource for adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees alike, educating viewers about adoption and the struggles all parties experience during their lifelong adoption journey. Although Randall was adopted in the 1980s in a closed adoption (rare today), many of his and his parents’ challenges will resonate with those affected by adoption.

American Adoptions highly recommends adoptive families watch “This is Us” as another way to normalize adoption in your household. To catch you up before tonight’s midseason finale, we’ve compiled a list of what “This is Us” has addressed about adoption so far.

How Closed Adoptions Can Negatively Affect Adopted Children

Randall’s adoption is an example of a “safe haven” adoption, wherein his birth father (William) left him in the custody of firefighters after his mother died giving birth to him. Randall is then brought to the hospital, where Rebecca and Jack choose to adopt him after one of their triplets dies during birth.

William lingers at the hospital to make sure Randall is taken care of, and Rebecca realizes who he is. She speaks with him once shortly after she adopts Randall and then revisits him later in Randall’s childhood. However, she keeps the knowledge of Randall’s birth father a secret from both her husband and her son and eventually decides that William cannot have contact with his son.

Not knowing anything about his birth parents is hard on Randall, a black boy being raised in a white family. Although it’s revealed his birth parents both had substance abuse issues (which is why Rebecca chose to keep his history a secret), the “what ifs” and unknowns of his adoption cause him to search out his birth father through a private investigator — which leads to an eventual meeting filled with anger, guilt and confusion.

While closed adoptions like Randall’s are not as common today as they were in the 1980s, his story demonstrates how children can be affected if they don’t know the truth about their adoption. Of course, not all adopted children are the same, but the hurt and confusion about why adopted children were “abandoned” at birth are usually not feelings that disappear over time.

Closed adoptions may seem like the easiest choice for adopted parents who worry about how birth parents might affect their child, but it’s important to understand that when children know about their birth parents, it doesn’t decrease the amount of love for their adopted parents at all. In fact, it makes the adoption process easier and can create a stronger bond between adoptive parents and adopted children — one based on love and respect.

Adopted Children are Naturally Curious about their Birth Parents

While Rebecca and Jack provide a healthy, stable home where Randall has everything he could want, it doesn’t prevent him from wondering about his adoptive parents. Late in his childhood, he begins asking other black people if they can roll their tongues like him — a genetic trait that he thinks will help him track down his birth parents.

Rebecca, insecure about her ability to mother three children (one of them being adopted), takes this personally. She worries that in Randall seeking out his birth parents, she’s failed somehow to be “enough” of a mother for him. But, as many adopted children will say, the desire to know about birth parents is not a reflection on adoptive parents at all — just a natural curiosity to learn more about where they came from and their personal identity.

Because biological family plays a large role in that personal identity, many adopted children will ask questions about their adoptive parents at some point or another. You should prepare yourself to answer those questions honestly; an open adoption with the birth parents can help you do so. It will not make you any less of a parent to your child if you expose them to their birth parents, but your children will have a newfound appreciation for your strength in doing so.

Birth Parents Hurt Long After the Adoption, Too

Adoption can be a difficult journey for all involved, but the emotional plight birth parents go through even long after the adoption is complete can sometimes be overlooked. While they know their decision is the best one for their child, the grief and loss they feel may never completely disappear.

In several “This is Us” episodes, we see William struggling with the sadness he still feels from placing his son for adoption — especially after Rebecca decides he cannot be a part of Randall’s life. While he knows that he make the best decision for Randall, he’s also plagued with the “what ifs.” Not being in contact with his son for 36 years only makes his situation more difficult.

When we think about adoption today, it’s important to remember that birth parents are forever affected by their decision to place their child for adoption. It’s a long healing process for all involved, and this is just one of the situations where open adoption can be helpful. Even if William had not been able to meet Randall, periodic updates about his son would have been instrumental in his healing.

How a Transracial Adoption Requires Extra Work

As a black man growing up in a white, middle-class family, Randall needed things that his parents simply couldn’t provide on their own: education about his culture and race, role models who looked like him and even simple hygiene skills tailored to his race.

When his parents take Randall to the community pool, he finds a group of black children to hang out with, rather than his own siblings. When Rebecca scolds him for wandering off, a black mother approaches her, informing her that she needs to find Randall a proper barber. This mother serves as an invaluable resource for Rebecca and Jack, giving them the education they need about raising a black son and providing Randall a community of people who look like him.

Jack even seeks out a black male role model for his son in a dojo instructor. Although the instructor provides a black father authority that Randall is missing, he also includes Jack in the initiation rituals that all the other black fathers do.

If you’re an adoptive parent raising or looking to raise a child of another race, it’s important that you fully educate yourself on your child’s culture and race to help them develop their personal identity. You will need to reach out for resources, even if it makes you uncomfortable to do so. Remember, asking for help doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent — it just means you want to give your child the best chances possible.

Adoption is a Lifelong Journey

Every adoption story is different, but there will always be some unique challenges for the adopted child, the adoptive parents and the birth parents. No one can anticipate every problem that can arise during an adoption, so it’s a constant learning process.

While Randall’s closed adoption is uncommon nowadays, his story shows how even an adult adoptee can confront issues about his adoption later on in life. The identity of an adopted child, adoptive parents and birth parents are constantly changing — and it can be a messy process.

But, as long as there are open relationships between all involved in the adoption process, these issues can usually be resolved in healthy ways that will only make your connections deeper and more meaningful.

For anyone who has been affected by adoption, watching “This is Us” can be a helpful way to see your experiences normalized on screen. Whether you’re a birth parent, an adoptive parent or an adoptee, there’s something for everyone.

“This is Us” airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC. You can catch up and watch “This is Us” online on Hulu.

9
Aug

Adoptee, Simone Biles, Making Waves at the Olympics

Simone BilesAs the 2016 Olympics get under way, you’ll probably be hearing a lot about Simone Biles, if you haven’t already. The 19-year old has been making waves in the world of gymnastics and is predicted to win more than one gold medal for the U.S. team. And don’t be surprised if you hear her name in the adoption world, too – when she was five years old, she and her sister were adopted by her grandparents.

Biles was placed into the care of Nellie and Ron Biles, whom she recognizes as her parents, after her biological mother’s struggle with drug addiction. It wasn’t much later that they enrolled her in gymnastics, the perfect solution to her boundless energy.

Biles immediately loved to perform, and her joy shows through when she competes today. In fact, many people are taking notice of her for that reason. Commenting on her floor routine, the New York Times said she performed “as if she were dancing barefoot on the lawn of her backyard, with no one watching.”

Of course, her journey to this point has not been without some rough spots. Going into high school, she made a difficult decision to be homeschooled, which would give her more flexibility to fit in a rigorous training regimen. While the hard work and the sacrifice of a typical high school life took an emotional toll on her at times, Biles asserts that she made exactly the right decision.

Biles attributes a great deal of success to the support of her trainer and her parents. While she is in contact with her biological mother and sees her from time to time, she has always considered Nellie and Ron to be her mom and dad. And you can be sure they will be right by her side as she makes waves in Rio this summer – tune into the 2016 Summer Olympics to watch Simone Biles dominate the world of gymnastics and represent adoptees everywhere!

27
Jul

5 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Birth Parents

Joni Mitchell

Joni MitchellIn 1964, a 21-year-old Joni Mitchell, then Joan Anderson, found herself pregnant, dirt poor and unable to take care of a child.  She gave birth to a daughter, Kelly Gale Anderson, in February 1965 and decided to place the baby for adoption.

Years later, though her adoption story remained a secret, Mitchell penned a song about her experience called “Little Green.” Mitchell sings, “Child with a child pretending/Weary of lies you are sending home/ So you sign all the papers in the family name/ You’re sad and you’re sorry, but you’re not ashamed./Little Green have a happy ending.”

Mitchell and her daughter, renamed Kilauren Gibb, reunited in the late ‘90s after she took her search for her daughter public. Little did she know, Kilauren was looking for her too. The two have since been reunited.

Read more of their story on Joni Mitchell’s website.

Kate Mulgrew

Kate MulgrewIn 1977, a time when pregnancies outside of marriage were considered taboo, Kate Mulgrew found herself unexpectedly pregnant by a man she did not wish to marry. The Orange is the New Black actress, whose acting career was just beginning to blossom, knew adoption was the best choice for her daughter.

About her adoption experience Mulgrew says, “Though I’m always going to feel the hurt, at least I know my child is alive and that she is happy somewhere growing up surrounded by love.” Mulgrew was reunited with her biological daughter in 2001.

Clark Gable

Clark GableWhile married to another woman, Clark Gable conceived a child with Loretta Young. In order to protect their acting careers and avoid scandal, Young hid her pregnancy by traveling to Europe for several months and later claiming to be ill. After giving birth in November of 1935, Young placed her baby girl, Judy Lewis, in an orphanage. Lewis spent nearly two years in various “hideaways and orphanages” until Young brought her home claiming to have “adopted” the girl.

Though she bore striking resemblance to Gable, it wasn’t until Lewis was 31 that she learned the true identity of her birth father. At this point, Gable had been dead for five years and Lewis had met him only once when she was 15 years old.

David Crosby

David CrosbyDavid Crosby had a son with a woman in 1962, but the two decided to place the baby for adoption. In 1994, while preparing for a liver transplant, Crosby learned that his son had been looking for him. The two have since reunited and have performed and recorded together many times, even releasing the album “Croz” together in 2014.

 

 

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne BarrAt the age of 17, shortly after being released from a mental institution, Roseanne Barr gave birth to a baby girl whom she placed for adoption. They have since reunited, and her daughter even worked on the set of Barr’s TV show, Roseanne.

 

 

Resources:

http://jonimitchell.com/library/view.cfm?id=91

http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-2015/celebrity-kate-mulgrew-adoption.html

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-06-13/features/1998164084_1_david-crosby-raymond-pevar

https://adoption.com/famous-birth-parents

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Lewis

29
Jan

Tyra Banks Welcomes Baby via Surrogate

Former model Tyra Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla, welcomed their first son, York, via surrogate in late January, reports People. Banks, who has struggled with infertility in the past, took to Instagram to make the announcement and thank the surrogate who carried her baby.

“As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone,” Banks posted. The caption accompanied a photo of a newborn hat and described York as having “[Banks’] fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin.”

Banks initially delayed starting her family as she focused on her career as a model, TV personality and entrepreneur. When she was ready to start a family at age 41, she began IVF procedures, but the fertility treatments were unsuccessful.

Banks joins a growing list of celebrities who have achieved their dreams of parenthood through surrogacy, including Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, and Elizabeth Banks.

Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly common option for non-celebrities as well. As assisted reproductive technology (ART) has advanced, more and more hopeful parents have worked with gestational carriers to successfully add to their families.

If you are interested in the possibility of growing your family through surrogacy, learn how our sister agency, American Surrogacy, can help you on your path to parenthood.

24
Nov

What Actress Connie Britton Is Thankful For

Connie_BrittonAs National Adoption Month comes closer to its end and the Holiday Season picks up steam, this message from Actress Connie Britton (best known for her roles on TV shows like Nashville and Friday Night Lights) is a great way to kick off Thanksgiving week!

Just last week, Connie wrote her “What I’m Thankful For,” a recurring column for TIME Magazine. The focus of her column was her experience as an adoptive mom, which she describes as:

“This child, my son, is the greatest, most hard won gift of my life. And yes, I think that even when he is screaming NO in the most impressively pitched tone which sends the dogs outside, or is fighting me with a strength that I can’t match even though I am 5 times his size. In those moments where I am so challenged by him, I am still thankful. He provides a learning curve I could never find anywhere else.”

Time with her son also reminds him of who and what brought him to her:

“These are qualities that I know any parent can recognize and connect to. But my son happens to be adopted. So what is miraculous about the parent/child relationship somehow still leaves a catch in my throat when I think about both of our journeys to find each other. I am grateful to my son for finding me. I am grateful to his birth mother for her fortitude in bearing him and her suffering in letting him go. I am grateful for my life as a mother.”

Read the rest of Connie’s column at TIME.com, and learn more about famous adoptions on our website!

 

18
Nov

Best Adoption Month Stories

Super Adoptive Family by Lexie EhrismanIt’s hard to believe that National Adoption Month is half over! Just like us, people across the country  have been celebrating National Adoption Month and creating extra awareness this month. So we’ve rounded up some of the best Adoption Month stories we’ve come across so far to share with you.

  • Many cities across the country have already celebrated National Adoption Day early, since Thanksgiving is so late this year. Look at this adorable family who dressed as superheroes for their little boy’s adoption. (Photo credit to photographer Lexie Ehrisman in Nebraska. See more from her shoot on her website.)
  • Read Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? Part I and Part II.

Did we miss any great adoption articles this month? Which ones are your favorites?

24
Nov

Talk to Your Kids About Famous Adoptees

National Adoption Month is a great time to talk to your kids about famous adoptees. We all love to learn what we have in common with celebrities or notable figures, and learning about famous adoptees could be a great way to instill even more adoption pride in your family!

Remember X Factor‘s Rachel Crow? She’s really grown up in the last several years, and has used her popularity to promote a cause near and dear to her heart: adoption! This year she served as National Adoption Day’s official spokeswoman! Watch an interview with Rachel, who is poised beyond her years, below:

Want to learn about more famous adoptions? Check out the following articles:

 

 

4
Nov

Opportunities of Adopted Children – Olympian Aaron Parchem’s Adoption Story

In honor of National Adoption Month, American Adoptions met with Aaron Parchem, pairs figure skater in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. Aaron was adopted as a baby and points to his adoption and his adoptive parents as reasons he was able to proudly represent his country in Torino.

How an Adoptive Couple’s American Dream Became an Adopted Child’s Olympic Dream

Every year in the United States, thousands of children are adopted domestically.

While these children vary in age, race and background, they all share one very important characteristic: By being adopted, they are provided with opportunities and experiences to which they otherwise may have never been introduced.

One of these children possessed an inherent talent that was awakened by his adoptive parents, taking him all the way to the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Parchem FamilyAchieving the American Dream

In August 1977, a couple from a Chicago suburb, Al and Georga Parchem, always wanted to start a family but were having difficulties with infertility. Their journey to parenthood led them to adopting a baby boy, whom they named Aaron.

His adoption was never kept secret from him nor his adopted sister. After all, they were biracial, and their parents were white.

“It was never something that was hidden from me,” Aaron said. “I was an adopted kid. Even at 6 or 7 years old, it didn’t make a difference. What was always important to me was the love and attention I received from my parents.”

Georga was integral in introducing her son to various activities, ranging from flag football, to gymnastics and even to tap dancing. Aaron’s interest in these activities usually only lasted for one or two seasons, but there was one that stuck with him – figure skating.

Parchem's Early Skating Days“I would’ve never been in skating if it wasn’t for my mom, especially,” Aaron said. “She was so open to putting me in so many different things, allowing me to have all of these diverse experiences. I was hooked once I did my first ice show.”

Skating was a big part of Aaron’s life throughout his teenage years, and he relied heavily on his parents to help him continue his young skating career. Before he could drive, it was his parents who had to wake up early in the morning to take him to the skating rink before school, wait for him to finish practice, drive him to school, and then repeat the same routine in the afternoon.

The long hours of practicing kept Aaron and his parents busy; however, he never made it to national competition as a singles skater. Figure skating remained a hobby rather than a blossoming career.

Aaron graduated high school and then traveled south on I-65 to attend Butler University in Indianapolis.

“I spent two years at Butler with the intention of phasing out ice-skating and slowly getting into the real world. However, during my time there, there was a coach who got me interested in skating pairs. I caught the bug again and decided I wanted to really try to be my best at this so I made a major move to come to Detroit.”

Doing an Interview with Skating Partner Marcy Hinzmann in TorinoA New Commitment to Excellence

The Detroit Skating Club is renowned for the number of figure skaters it has produced. Aaron Parchem would be its latest.

Aaron first paired up with Stephanie Kalesavich, and they qualified for Junior Nationals within their first eight months of skating together. By the next year, they won the event.

“It was great, but it also freaked me out because I never imagined things would happen so quickly,” Aaron said.

Things didn’t slow down after that, as he teamed up with new partner, Marcy Hinzmann in 2004. Aaron and Marcy received third place in the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which would have qualified them as alternates for the Olympics in an Olympic year. Indeed, it was an achievement, but Aaron and Marcy wanted a guaranteed spot in Torino. With another year of experience and training together, they hoped it would be enough to reach their ultimate goal.

However, the unexpected happened during the 2005 season Marcy tore her ACL in her non-landing knee.

After having surgery on her knee, Marcy had a four-month recovery time before she could put skates on again, and six months before she and Aaron could get back to training together.

“We had five months to try our best to get ready to make one big push to get to the Olympics,” Aaron said. “Those were some of the best experiences and worst experiences in my life. Being so disappointed I couldn’t sleep and being so elated from a standing ovation two weeks later that to this day was the best moment in my skating career. We learned a lot in that six-month snippet of time, but ultimately it got us to be in a position to qualify for the Olympics.”

The 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held in St. Louis. After Aaron and Marcy’s first program, they sat in second place with one more performance to go. They would end up beating the third-place team by less than half of a point, promising them a spot on the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.

Competing at the OlympicsFulfilling the Olympic Dream

During the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Aaron proudly walked through the coliseum with Marcy and the rest of the U.S. Olympians. Amongst all the cheers, a familiar voice stood out from all the rest – his mom’s. Among the thousands and thousands of spectators, Georga and Al had made it all the way down to the front rows to see their son in one of his proudest moments. Aaron was even able to snap a picture of his parents.

By just being there in that moment, Aaron felt that he had already won.

“Coming into the Olympics, we knew we didn’t have a shot at a medal,” Aaron said. “The achievement for us was qualifying for the Olympics. The whole Olympic experience to Marcy, myself and our families was to just enjoy the celebration and to be part of something that was vastly bigger than ourselves.”

Aaron and Marcy ended up placing 13th. They had two good skates, which Aaron said he and Marcy will be proud of for the rest of their lives.

This was would be the unofficial end to his competitive skating career.

“Skating into your 20s and 30s is a difficult proposition. There is opportunity cost there, but to us it was worth it because we got to achieve and experience things that we would otherwise never have been able to do. I’ve been across the world in different countries and able to soak in different cultures. I’ve been able to compete against different people who I never would have otherwise met. To me the experience that we gained was worth the cost of sticking around and letting the rest of life slip by to a certain extent.”

The Best is Yet to Come

Figure skating provided Aaron with some amazing experiences, but undoubtedly the best thing it led to was meeting his wife Zuzanna, a former Olympian herself from Poland.

Zuzanna served as Aaron and Marcy’s choreographer and continues to coach at the Detroit Skating Club, where she and Aaron first met. They have a 2-year-old daughter together, Sofie, who has some big shoes, or skates, to fill.

“Being a father is the best thing that’s happened to me in my life. I think back to my experiences growing up and I’m glad that I can pass the love that has been given to me.

“We have hopes that our daughter excels in something, and whether that’s sports or school, I’ll be happy just to experience something new. If my baby girl wants to be a skater, we will wish her luck, but she will also have to understand that she has two very demanding parents,” Aaron jokes.

Aaron often thinks back to those long hours at the ice rink where his mom or dad would be waiting for him to take him to school, the moment when he told them he had qualified for the Olympics, and at the opening ceremonies where he could hear their cheers among the thousands of others.

“The support I received from my folks – emotionally, logistically, financially – none of this would have been possible, none of it, if it wasn’t for the support I got from them.”

So, the question remains: Would Aaron Parchem have been an Olympic figure skater if he wasn’t adopted? No one will ever know. But he knows one thing:

“Adoption changed my life. I don’t know if it was for the better or not, and that’s simply because this is the only life that I know. But what I can tell you, and what I truly believe, is that I’m lucky to be adopted. The opportunities that have been afforded to me, the love that has been given to me and the family I now have all stem from a decision that I couldn’t make – a decision I’m sure weighed heavily on my birth parents’ hearts. However, for my story, there was a happy ending.”

Written by Dustin Freund, Video by Matt White and Colin Mascal

20
Jun

Superman is One Super Adoptee

Henry_Cavill_Man_of_Steel_300wLast week, the highly anticipated Man of Steel finally hit theaters. Much like the Dark Knight Batman reboot, this movie is tackling the Superman story right from the beginning. And where does Superman begin? With an adoption story!

Producer Deborah Snyder (married to the movie’s director Zach Snyder) had this to say about the super adoptee in an interview with SFX:

“Someone said to me it’s the greatest adoption story in all of history. I think that’s an interesting way of looking at it – maybe because I was just in the process personally of adopting my two children. The people of Earth adopt him and he adopts us, as well. A lot of the messaging in this film is about family, and who makes you who you are. Clark is on this journey of self-discovery, trying to figure out who he is and where he fits in, and in the end he comes to see what Jor-El, his Kryptonian father, has sacrificed and given for him. And he also realizes how his Earth parents made him who he is. All those themes and notions follow him throughout the whole film. That’s something that resonated with me, even from when we started reading the script and started talking about doing this film.”

Watch the trailer below, and tell us what you think. Will Man of Steel help you start an adoption discussion with your child?

To learn about other – and less imaginary – famous adoptees, visit our website!

And to learn about other films with adoption themes, visit Adoption at the Movies, a blog run by Licensed Social Worker Addison Cooper. On his blog, he writes about different movies, documentaries and TV shows with adoption references. While each family should decide for themselves what entertainment is appropriate for their children, the blog might help you think of a couple to watch and start a family discussion.

Happy watching!

 

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