Adoption Movies!!

If there is something my husband and I enjoy, that is going to the movies. Lately there have been a couple of movies we watch that surprise us due to their adoption content. “I loved them”.  If you feel you are going through the adoption process and need some inspiration to give you patience and strength I recommend these movies.

Kung Fu Panda 2:

Po (the Panda) is The Dragon Warrior and keeps protecting the Valley of Peace with his friends, The Fabulous Five.  There is a new villain that plans to use an unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.  Po looks to his past and wonders why he looks so different from his Dad, wants to know the story of his of his adoption, and learns that there is no secret powers or recipe.  The secret is belive in yourself and how great you are. I enjoyed this movie, you also get understand the sacrifice of the Panda mother and difficulty of her decision for Po’s safety.  Jack Black is the voice of Po.

Paul Giamatti is “Mike Flaherty” a middle class attorney and part-time wrestling coach at the local highschool.  In order to keep his practice from going under he acts as the legal caretaker of an elderly client, little does he knows the impact this decision will have in his near future.  He wants to use this caretaker business as a loophole to keep his practice.  A highschool student ask him for a place to stay, this kid turns is his client’s troubled grandson.  Mike forms a strong bond with the teenager due to their love of wrestling, the Mom is always loving and understanding.  You see the teenage boy changing before your eyes, of course there is conflict and arguments Mike and his wife give him a real family.  After a while the kids mother shows up.  She wants to get her son back and brings up to the surface all the issues with regards to her father’s housing and money situation.  This movie feels like a “real life” story, I truly enjoyed Paul Giamatti’s acting.

Martian Child

John Cusack is a widow science fiction writer who is introduce this special kid by a friend that is the social worker at the childcare facility.  The writer believes the child acts strangely, the child believes he is from the Red Planet, to live with all his hardship.  John Cusack character understands the child and instantly connect.  He is able to get him to come out of the box by getting to down to his level and not question his story.  Through the movie you see how the child and writer bond and connect, not perfect all the time but one that lasts and brings stability and love to both.

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Home Study visit

After taking a long break from all the adoption paperwork we are finally back on-track.  During the month of October we had our last home visit and if everything goes according to schedule we  are on track for approval by the end of November.  Two weeks earlier I had a 2.5 hrs interview with our adoption social worker, a week later my husband had his interview.  Now we have this form we need to fill out before our home visit.  To fill out this form we had to sit down a couple of times and do some research on the different topics before our home visit.  The topics of this form are Health, Behavioral, Developmental and Background issues, prenatal drug exposure and adoption openness.

The questionnaire brings really interesting topics to light, the biological parents drugs use, mental health, and the child’s behavior, health and disabilities.  Believe me going through the  list was difficult and we tried to make the most informed decision while also thinking of what we are able handle.  This is hard, we will be completely new to parenthood and having to decide what we THINK we might be able to handle was a difficult task.  Once the social worker went over the form with us we made a couple of changes with her help, knowledge and explanations.

Now we await, we should go into the potential parents pool in December and then the average wait time is between six to four months.  Now we have to prepare and have a plan for the placement process, we also have to check our benefits.