Will Orphan, the horror movie that opens this week, instill a terror of adopting a child into the hearts and minds of potential adoption families? The film suggests that the act of bringing the wrong orphan into your home could result in pure psycho drama. Adoption groups, already sensing trouble, are rallying to protest the film and to promote a boycott of its release.
In a letter from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute to Warner Bros.- the studio behind the flick – they state that, “We are concerned that in addition to its intended entertainment value, this film will have the unintended effect of skewing public opinion against children awaiting families both in the United States and abroad.” The letter was signed by the leaders of eleven adoption and child-welfare groups and it also noted that there are about 129,000 kids in the U.S. foster system that are waiting to be adopted and that there are millions of children around the globe that need homes. The letter also stated that the film “may impede recruitment efforts by feeding into the unconscious fears of potential foster and adoptive families that orphaned children are psychotic and unable to heal from the wounds of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.”
Jeff Medefind of the Christian Alliance for Orphans is wary of the film because it “seems to suggest that orphans are damaged goods, and that adoption could destroy a life.” His group also launched a web site www. OrphansDeserveBetter.org that has a petition to urge the studio to not only put a pro adoption message on DVD – which Warner Bros. is considering – but to put a message in the theatrical release. They also would like to see some of the proceeds of the film go to help orphans.
Do you think these groups are bringing more attention – aka free publicity – to the film which may just draw more people to the theaters?
Also check out Shannon’s Adopted Children = Psycho Killers