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One FAMILY FOCUS staff member calls Lackawanna Blues (PG-13) one of the best films he's ever seen about non-traditional families, and adults caring for children they did not give birth to. Catch it on pay TV, rent it, or buy it here.

Orphan Train, a 1979 Emmy-nominated TV film starring Jill Eikenberry, Kevin Dobson, and Glenn Close, is a well done adaptation of Dorothea Petrie's novel about the very real and not-so-long-ago practice of putting New York City street urchins onto trains and sending them into the American West to be adopted by families they did not know.

Another wonderful movie is Second Best, starring William Hurt as a middle-aged man in England who becomes a single father when he adopts a lonely teen. From what we've seen, this is one of the only movies that begins to approach some of the issues that our Empowered Transition was developed to address.

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As it makes no sense to 're-create the wheel,' we are providing a link here to a list of recommended adoption books by the New York State Citizens Coalition for Children. Clicking on any of these recommended books will bring you directly to Amazon.com, and the NYSCCC will receive a small donation from Amazon.com for any book you buy through that link.

In addition, we strongly recommend Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, an adult adoptee from the foster care system.

The latest book on our 'must read' list is City Of One by Francine Cournos, who describes the life-long impact that surviving the foster system had on her.

In the July 22, 2009 edition of the NY Times magazine was another sad story on how foster children are left unprotected repeatedly by the bureaucracy that we all expect to do better. Read the article here.

Also, in the NY Times, on July 22, 2009 was a column (a guest in Lisa Belkin's column) by the mother of an autistic child, speaking to her experience. The immediate response by an adult autistic woman was very thought provoking.

Ms. Belkin also had a column on July 20, 2009 discussing a current horror movie that has many in the world of adoption up in arms because of an inaccurate and frightening portayal of adoption of an older child. Read her list of positive and encouraging facts regarding the rewards of waiting child adoption.

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