December 21st, 2007
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With many people having an extended break from school and work this upcoming week, I thought I would write about some upcoming television shows that deal with adoption. If you have some free time or need an excuse to sit down and relax for a little bit, check out these programs:

  • I hadn’t heard of CBS’ “A Home for the Holidays” television special until I read about it in Erin’s Transracial Adoption blog a few weeks ago. I made a note to myself to try and catch it, but forgot until I was thumbing through my local paper this morning. Tonight at 8pm CBS will be airing their “A Home for the Holidays” adoption program. It’s the ninth year they’ve done it and I’m kind of shocked that I’ve never seen it before, but I plan to tune in tonight.
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    It’s billed as a feel good show about adoption with inspiring, true life stories. Erin mentioned that there were no transracial families this year, and my hopes that there will be one or some featured this year is part of why I want to watch. I’m also a sucker for shows like this, especially if they’re adoption related. Although all families featured were built through domestic foster care adoption, I feel that all adoptive parents can learn from each other. And who knows, domestic or foster care adoption may be in some of our futures.

    The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network are presenting the show and the goal is to raise awareness that there are currently over 100,000 children in foster care who are free for adoption and are currently waiting for permanent, loving homes. The show will spotlight three families as well as waiting children and will feature performances and appearances by several celebrities.

  • The Discovery Health Channel is airing several different episodes of “Adoption Stories” around the holidays. I have probably seen them all, as I was quite addicted to this show as we waited for Ella’s referral. The show is done in half hour segments that follow a family through their adoption and culminate with meeting their child and returning home. Click here to see the schedule of episodes.
  • You can also check your local listings for airings of Will Ferrell’s movie “Elf.” We adore this movie in my house; it’s hysterical and touching and although I’m not one for watching movies over and over, this one falls into that category. Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf who is a human who was adopted by one of Santa’s elves. He is raised in the North Pole, but sets off to find his birth father one Christmas. Through many mishaps and difficulties, he eventually winds up sharing his life with both his adoptive and biological families.

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More Reading:
Arthur on PBS
Protecting Adopted Child from the Media
Not Watching Television
Adoption on Grey’s Anatomy Again

2 Responses to “TV Programs About Adoption”

  1. condo-mom says:

    Rebecca –

    Aaarrrggghhh !! No, not my Holiday Pirate impression, but my reaction on realizing that I Missed It Again — the CBS A Home for the Holidays special, that is. What with one child in a Christmas show at church, and another one needing a ride home from practice tonight . . . SHOOT !!

    Does anyone know how I can get a copy on dvd? I tried the cbs website but not sure how or where.

    Rachel

  2. Rebecca says:

    lol! Rachel you’re too funny :) Maybe the Dave Thomas Fdn. would know how you could get a copy. Here’s their link: http://www.davethomasfoundationforadoption.org/programs/a_home_for_the_holidays.asp
    Happy holidays!
    Rebecca

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