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What Adoptive Parents of Blended Families Can Learn from “This is Us”

In last night’s “This is Us,” Randall takes on a new hobby for a reason his parents would have never anticipated. Here’s what we took away from the important conversation between him and his father.


3 Important Things We Learned About Adoption in This Week’s “This is Us”

In true fashion, our favorite adoption-themed TV show went out with an emotional bang for its midseason finale — and dropped a few lessons about adoption along the way.


Breaking Down That “This is Us” Adoption Finalization Scene

The Pearsons faced some extra scrutiny in their finalization of Randall’s adoption. But is that really the way it is today?


The Important Lesson This Week’s “This is Us” Taught About Transracial Adoption

How do you cope with a friend or family member who says inappropriate things about an adopted child? Rebecca faced that challenge on this week’s “This is Us.”


What Adoptive Parents Should Learn from That Scene in “This is Us”

In last night’s episode, Randall embarked on his birth parent search alone, resulting in a dangerous situation. Here’s what you can learn from his mistakes.


3 Things “This is Us” Taught Us About Adoption in the Season Premiere

Beth and Randall had some serious conversations about adoption in last night’s season premiere. Here’s what we’ve learned from them so far.


Reconnecting with Adoption Stories, as told by “This Is Us”

If you watch “This is Us,” you know there’s a lot of helpful adoption tips in the storyline. Here’s how the characters handled an adoption reunion.


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.


“Adopting? Just Wait…”

“You know what happens when people start the adoption process, don’t you?” Our pastor only meant love when he said those words to us over a year ago, but for many adoptive families, statements like that can potentially cause an avoidable offense


Using Movies to Talk About Adoption

How “Adoption at the Movies” uses family-friendly films to start conversations about adoption with children.

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