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Updated on October 3, 2016 by Justina Miller Justina Miller

12 Heartwarming Family Movies About Adoption

As of last month, Pure Flix subscribers can now stream "October Baby," a family movie that tells the story of young Hannah and her discovery that she is adopted. Hannah's story and adoption in general is incredible for Christians to ponder, since we ourselves have been adopted by the Father. For some more inspiring stories on adoption (and foster care), check out these twelve heartwarming family movies.

1. Paper Dream

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For as long as she can remember Christy Davis has wanted to be a mom, but things haven’t worked out the way she imagined them. When hopes of getting pregnant fall through, she and her husband Matt turn to adoption, but will that be enough to fill their longing for a child? Do unfulfilled dreams define who we are, or is God enough to give us fulfillment?

2. October Baby

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Hannah was about to make her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah collapses in front of the stunned crowd. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. She then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted… after a failed abortion attempt. Lost and confused, Hannah embarks on a road trip to discover the details of her birth.

3. Anything Is Possible

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A young boy named Nathan becomes separated from his mother, when she goes missing during a tsunami rescue mission in Japan. Back home in Detroit, Child Care Services threatens to take Nathan away upon finding that his dad isn’t his biological father. Nathan runs away, but through the help and support of the strangers he meets along the way, he discovers his musical gift, a sense of belonging, and his true purpose.

4. God’s Compass

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On the night Suzanne Waters celebrates her retirement, she is faced with a series of crises that she could not have imagined. Trusting God’s direction, her “North” becomes clear as she takes in a delinquent teenager, Eli, who has been running from foster care and the law to take care of his sister.

5. Bella

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An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion-dollar contract when a series of events unfold that bring his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down... until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day to an unforgettable experience.

6. Ties that Bind

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When Detective Allison McLean must arrest her brother for aggravated assault, her world drastically changes. Her brother is convicted and sent to prison, leaving his two teenagers teetering on the brink of foster care. Ultimately, she takes them into her home, ending up with four teenagers to raise as well as her demanding job solving local crimes.

7. Angel in the House

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After a toy factory owner and his wife get an unexpected visit from a precocious 7-year-old boy, their world will be turned upside down! When they decide to take him in as a foster child, the new parents begin a miraculous journey that showcases the joys and experiences of a family. Featuring Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) alongside an a-list cast, Angel in the House is a heart-warming tale sure to bring out the child in all of us

8. In the Name of God

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In a time of forgiving and giving thanks, a reverend and his family take in a troubled boy named Mason after having lost a son of their own. It’s a bumpy ride for Mason, butting heads with his new step-brother and the church counselor he’s sentenced to see on a weekly basis. However, with a renewed faith and a deeper understanding of Thanksgiving traditions, Mason must not only learn to forgive himself, but to understand the true meaning of family

9. Bringing Joshua Home

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In late December, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning all American adoptions of Russian children.Protests against this new law have erupted in both the United States and Russia. Bringing Joshua Home tells the personal story of one family who successfully adopted a Russian child. Arthur and Hanna Rasco share the challenges, joys, and drama of adopting their baby boy from Moscow and introducing him into their family.

10. Faultless: The American Orphan

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“Faultless: The American Orphan” was created to inspire and equip Christ's followers to more deeply love and care for hurting children in America. “Faultless” provides an overview of the challenges facing children in foster care, an introduction on how the Bible instructs us to act in light of those challenges, and some hopeful examples of men and women across the country responding to the present needs in truly God-glorifying ways.

11. Rescued

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According to James 1:27, "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." Today, there are over 160 million children worldwide who are without parents. In America there are as many as 144,000 boys and girls in foster care wanting to be adopted. These staggering statistics should cause Christians to ask the probing questions: What would the church look like if we obeyed James 1:27?

12. Reunion

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When Kim was a high school senior, she became pregnant by her boyfriend, Duane. While the couple would one day marry, they were not ready for that commitment, so they made the heartwrenching decision to place their daughter for adoption. Twenty-five years later, Kim and Duane reunited with their daughter, SaraAnn. Experience the emotional roller coaster that finally resulted in the reunion of parents and child, and witness the loving connection between SaraAnn’s biological and adopted families.

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