A Personal Tale of Identity and Adoption

What really resonated with us here at the CASA office was, “And that was the best response I could have asked for from anyone. Dory’s feelings of inadequacy and abandonment, her burning passion to find her family, her reunion with her parents, and her acceptance of the fact that as much as she loves her parents, Marlin and Nemo are also her family, mirror any adoptee’s story.

So for parent’s looking to take their children to this film: know this is a very touching, very Pixar movie. Your adopted children might not understand why they’re feeling insecure or sad…but the movie offers both hope and closure. This allowed me to identify with Dory and let me think that maybe there’s hope for me, too.

For older adoptees who want to see the sequel to their favorite childhood movie, I hope that you also see a piece of yourself in Dory, and have the courage and strength to “just keep swimming.”

We can imagine that many of the kids we serve feel these emotions and struggle everyday with connecting who they are now to who they used to be. We hope they too will find ways to “just keep swimming.” While they’re learning, we’ll be here every step of the way. 

An adoptee’s thoughts on Finding Dory… When I was in fourth grade, my classroom had Star of the Week, which meant that one chosen student brought in a poster with pictures of their family and had to fill out a sheet filled with their favorite things: color, animal, ice cream flavor, favorite movie. I’ve never […]

via Finding You, Finding Me — Little Lily, Big World

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