Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer Events in Vancouver/Coastal

AFABC is hosting and joining in a number of free family events in your community this summer. Join us at the following celebrations! For events hosted by AFABC, RSVP to Michelle McBratney at or by phone at 604-320-7330 ext. 105.

East Side Pride
Saturday, June 26th
11am at Grandview Park, Vancouver
This is a free community event. RSVP not required, just look for AFABC at the event!

North Shore Auto Mall Family Day
Sunday, August 8th (please note date correction!)
12pm - 4pm
This is a free community event. RSVP not required, just look for AFABC at the event!

AFABC Sunshine Coast BBQ
Saturday, July 24th
Roberts Creek

1:30pm - 3:30pm
Register online at

Contact to Michelle McBratney at or by phone at 604-320-7330 ext. 105

MCFD & AFABC Fraser/Vancouver Summer Picnic
Sunday August 22nd, 2010
Queen's Park, New Westminster

11am - 2pm
Register online at:

AFABC Squamish End-of Summer Picnic
Saturday, September 11th
Time & location TBD.

Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adoption in Your Cartoons

Growing up, I didn't think too much about the portrayal of adoption in the tv shows I watched. Adoption wasn't even on my radar until I was six and the first two of my five siblings were welcomed home.

I do, however, recall my devotion to the kids' show Punky Brewster. Although I raised an eyebrow at the fact that she was being raised by an elderly man instead of a young mom and/or dad....what puzzled me most was why she insisted on mismatched socks and shoes.

As incredulous as her story was (a young girl who starts out surviving on her own in an abandoned apartment), it did have some good adoption lessons. Her best friend was being raised by her grandmother (showing another thriving type of non-nuclear family). Punky did well under the grumpy yet loving eye of her elderly foster father. And it was presented in a way that it didn't seem impossible or strange... it was just this little girl's story. At least, in the way my childhood memory recalls it it was perfectly normal.

Now that I'm twenty something years older and a mom myself, I'm looking carefully at the programs my son is watching. And not just for the usual reasons (violence, language, etc.). I want to make sure his life and our family is respected along with every other kind. So imagine my surprise when a cartoon about dinosaurs would set a really positive example of adoption.

Noah loves dinosaurs. He also loves trains. Television programmers know these are two pretty common denominators for little people.... so PBS came out with a program called Dinosaur Train.

Noah watches it while we're getting ready in the morning, so I don't typically sit down with him and enjoy the preschool programming from start to finish. I couldn't help but notice that a pteranodon mother (think winged dinosaur) happened to be raising four children; three little pteranodons and a bright orange T-rex named Buddy. 

Eventually I got the chance to figure out how this happened. According to the introduction, a T-rex egg mysteriously found its way into a pteranodon nest, and the mother (though surprised at her offspring) immediately accepted him for who he was an raised him as if she gave birth... er, laid him like her other three children.

It's nice to see a positive representation of adoption.... even though the producers failed to address the obvious: would a baby T-rex really be able to resist devouring his siblings? Ah, well, that's the magic of television for you!