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Adoption Groups Protest 'Orphan'

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This "Orphan," a horror movie with an anti-adoption theme, is set to be released on July 24 by Warner Brothers Pictures. The slasher film is about a family who adopts an older girl, Esther, from an orphanage. Though Esther is at first "angelic," it quickly becomes apparent to her new mother that she is "not what she appears to be." "There's something wrong with Esther," the movie trailer warns ominously. Concerned with the safety of her family, Esther's mother attempts to convince her husband and others of the evil that surrounds Esther, but her warnings go unheeded until "it may be too late ... for everyone."

This movie is currently being promoted and seems to carry a negative message about adoption. The statement, "It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own," is included in the short trailer. In particular, this movie may be damaging to the cause of older child adoption, as it suggests that these children may be troubled, further increasing the stigma that goes with adopting a child who has spent time in an orphanage.

There is currently a movement in the adoption community to protest this movie in the following ways:

1. Boycott the movie.
2. Spread the word to others and ask them to also boycott the movie.
3. Post a warning about the movie on adoption forums.
4. Start a petition asking Warner Brothers to change some of the negative adoption lingo, such as "It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own."
5. Contact the distributors (Warner Brothers), the producer (Dark Castle Entertainment), and the developer of the material (Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, who is also co-producing the film) and express your concern about the negative impact of the film on the cause of adoption.

It may also be wise to talk to school-age adoptees about this movie before it is released to prepare them for the comments they may receive from other children, who have viewed the movie or promotional material. Giving these children ways to cope with the misconceptions suggested by this movie could help to minimize the social damage that may result.

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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
Gail Cooke July 22, 2009, 5:15 PM

I’ll probable rent it. I really don’t think it’s going to do anything to sully the face of adoption. Most people can determine what is reality and what is fiction. It’s real life problems that will hurt adoption.

Rachelle July 22, 2009, 6:05 PM

As an adoptive mother, I will boycott this movie. I agree it sends a negative view of Adoption, especially for older kids. The majority of people already believe that older kids will all have issues, and therefore so few find loving famIlies.

Nicole July 22, 2009, 7:08 PM

It is a movie… Most adults can tell the difference between fact and fiction, so what is the big deal? Well, then again, there was that whole Blair Witch thing…

Anonymous July 22, 2009, 11:09 PM

Frankly, those ppl that would be swayed by any fictional movie on real life issues should not be raising children to begin with!
start with this movie and where does it end really? crusade shouldn’t end with adoption, how about we boycott every movie that shows ANYTHING in any negative light… vegetables often get a bad rep (children of the corn), animals(kujo,birds,jaws), asian girls with long hair(the grudge), sleepaway camps and all fridays dated the 13th (friday the 13th)
i hope u get the picture

Urgh July 23, 2009, 9:16 AM

It doesn’t necessarily have an “ant-adoption” theme—anymore than the Friday the 13th movies had an anti-teenager theme, or the Exorcism had an anti-Christian theme. Build a bridge and get over it, ladies. Anything is offensive if you want it to be.

Amy August 23, 2009, 7:20 AM

This isn’t exactly a new theme for a movie, remember The Omen?

Mark Klein August 23, 2009, 9:55 PM

I suggest concerned mothers everywhere read up about the “Streisand Effect”, and realize that what they are doing is tantamount to free advertising for the movie. Anyway, I’m off to spread this around on Digg so people can outrage this movie into the top 250 on IMDB..

anon September 29, 2009, 10:33 PM

lolz Stupid moms, it’s not even a child!

Spoilzer Alertz!!!1!!!1
She’s actually a midget! lol No joke, end of the movie it turns out she’s just an evil midget posing as a kid. Guess you were worried over nothing, huh? Goes to show how far “Mom logic” can really take you.

david archuletta March 29, 2010, 5:58 PM

This is a true ‘once-upon-a-time’ adoption story. Within it’s telling, revealed are the seedy practices once employed by one Rosie O’Donnell funded — Children of the World Adoption Agency. [COWAA] It ‘was’ located in Verona, New Jersey.

I allude to the past tense so it is not mistaken of mind that this agency’s doors have indeed, remained self-closed since May of 2007. It is also from within these walls where plots were conceived and masqueraded around the workings of a real adoption agency. Therein, it is even apparent in Rosie’s own penned words that she agrees with these activities. Sadly, one thing definitely not found in her book “Find Me” was a way to read between its lines. And as for this agency’s downfall; the reasons lay in the dark history behind its corporate suicide!

Had someone found this company’s blueprint for wrongful adoption?

Yet, there wouldn’t be any such findings if the public would have inquired about this closure from the State. – Government spokesperson, Douglass Swann would not have given such an implicating description of its dissolution. How do I know these details?

… It was me that forced the State Attorney General Office to lean heavily on an already suspect New Jersey Department of Human Services. They in turn, were instructed to offer unto COWAA a take it or leave it proposition for the Board of Trustees. That thought withstanding, and whilst all faces were longer than the table at which they sat, it must have been the Chairwoman of the Board, a Mrs. Margaret Morrisey, who probably thought it better to reserve the company a more preferable choice-spot in hell! This of course, if there is such…

How did this all come about? …Truly, in a picture painted by ART! [Adoption’s Real Triad!] This three-party dynamic of the New Jersey adoption machine has members that consist of an adoption attorney, an adoption agency and the New Jersey Office of Licensing [OOL]. Moreover, all three factions would unwillingly participate in an unwanted conspiracy. It is your choice for reason, be it greed or the betterment of mankind?

Therein, it was in 2001 when COWAA executive director Veronica Serio lied to the OOL. Never mind that she is the same woman who had actually helped the late Seton Hall Professor James Boskey write adoption law. […Sell what it is that you secretly destroy?]

Alas, and as for ART’s last member of this adoption equation, sometimes it just pays to look good while doing what one does! Or as perceived in this case, maybe the following committed acts would avert a possible true human effigy burning throughout the streets of Kendall Park, New Jersey! Although he had committed no wrongdoing, adoption attorney Steven Sklar would eventually lie to the State Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Review Board. This was the second time his lie covered what I call an unethical adoption practice. Astonishingly though, there was not need for the use of his deceit… [N.J.S.A. 3: 3-39, 1 {b, c}]

The State Statutes of law grant all adoption attorneys the power to hide adoption fraud busting evidence. However, if word was to get out that his practice had withheld evidence…; well uh, does anybody have a cigarette lighter?

Sadly, and in reference to the state of affairs in Jersey, my victory in overturning an initial attorney ethics case dismissal ended up dashed at the Supreme Court’s doorstep. I further realized the futility of it all when my mind grasped the intent of a letter sent by these so-called “of the esteemed.” Their corresponding words were marked of brilliance. They profoundly state, “Your grievance, even if true would not constitute incapacity or unethical practice.” This is odd, because it had worked in the demise of COWAA!

My son was born on October 20, 2001. I think he lives in New Jersey.

It is by the right to bring out the truth by means of the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, and my faith in God that allow me to make plans to one day meet my son. He will hear the real story.

My name is David Archuletta, an Unknown Father.

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