In a five-episode story arch, Disney Junior's popular Doc
McStuffins show will welcome a brand new baby to the family through
adoption. As an adoptive mom with a
young toddler who loves himself some Disney Junior, I am excited to watch along
with my young sons.
Better yet is that the story arc follows the McStuffins'
family decision to adopt after already having two biological children—the exact
same path my own family took. It is a unique
path, to be sure, one that gives a truly full range of parenting experiences.
Disney hired two experts in the adoption field to act as
consultants for the storyline. Adam Pertman, president and founder of the National
Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of "Adoption Nation," and
David Brodzinsky, director of research for the National Center on
Adoption and Permanency, and professor emeritus of clinical and developmental psychology at Rutgers University, lent their expert voices to the project.
The storyline has been airing all month. It will also be made available through Disney Junior On
Demand. Here is the breakdown of
March 4, Episode 1, "Baby
McStuffins": Mom and Dad McStuffins
announce to Doc and her brother Donny that they will soon be welcoming a new
baby into their family, and that the baby will come to them through adoption and
become part of their "forever family."
March 11, Episode 2, "Runaway
Love": In this episode, Doc's little
brother, soon to be new big brother, Donny, worries that the addition of a baby
means he will be forgotten and replaced within his family. He plans to make a new life for himself and
March 18, Episode 3, "Hooty's
Duty": We all know that with a new baby
comes lots and lots of new toys. Doc
realizes this, too, and begins to prepare her own toy menagerie for all the new
toys that will be welcomed into the McStuffins home.
March 25, Episode 4, "Bringing
Home Baby": The gender reveal
episode! Will the family be welcoming
home a brand new baby boy or girl? All
will be known in this episode. A second
new character will be introduced into the show with this episode, too—Grandma
McStuffins, who will care for Doc and Donny while Mom and Dad are away
welcoming the new baby.
April 1, Episode 5, "Baby
Names": The final episode of the special
adoption storyline covers choosing a new name for Baby McStuffins.
The purpose of this new
storyline is to help normalize adoption while also providing a way for younger
children to express their feelings when a new baby is welcomed into the home
and family. I am grateful that my
youngest son will grow up in a culture where adoption is no longer in the
Normalizing his experience and confirming for children, in a way that is easy to understand, that family
might not all look alike but are still related, is a welcome message for all
families who are created and grown through the gift of adoption, including mine.