3 Cheers to 'Doc McStuffins' for Showcasing the Beauty of Adoption & Blended Families

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There are so many reasons to love the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins. Dottie "Doc" McStuffins is an amazing 6-year-old girl who wants to be a doctor like her mother, and loves fixing her toys and stuffed animals. Empowering young kids to dream big, the show plans to tackle an issue that, for many, will hit close to home. On March 4, Doc McStuffins will feature an adoption story line that will shine a light on the beauty that comes with blended families.

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This is pretty awesome.

Here's a clip of the first of many episodes to air that will explore the concept of adoption.

As the new season progresses, Doc McStuffins will also touch on adoption-related issues, like when Doc's younger brother Donny feels left out with news a baby is on the way. It will also tackle explaining the concept of adopting to young kids, and the adjustment period that can occur within a family.

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Working closely with adoption advocates, producers of the show wanted to expose young viewers, typically ages 2 to 7, to the idea of bringing home a new brother or sister.

Adam Pertman, president and founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, believes it's important for kids' programming to show diverse families, as it can allow for greater understanding:

Children's shows can have a significant impact on how their young viewers understand the world, so it's wonderful that Disney Junior is depicting adoption as a normative, positive way to form a family. Even more than that, it's heartening that the producers sought professional input in order to 'get it right' about the language, people, and sensitivities involved.

I think this is such an awesome step in the right direction. No two families look alike. Sometimes you have Mom and Dad, and other times there might be same-sex parents, a grandmother raising a child, or another circumstance that goes against the grain of what is "normal."

And even if your family isn't planning to adopt, there's a pretty good chance your child will come across a new friend who might be adopted or a foster child.

I love learning opportunities like this, and how digestible it will be for younger children. I look forward to catching new episodes of Doc McStuffins with my boys.

 

 

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