The subject of adoption impacts millions of people in America today. The 56
minute educational documentary “Unlocking the Heart of Adoption” examines
the complex experience of adoption from all three perspectives: adoptees,
birthparents and adoptive parents in same race and transracial adoption
interwoven with fascinating historical background. Your professors of
social work, nursing, women’s studies and family law will find this film of
value for the upcoming school year.
"’Unlocking the Heart of Adoption’ includes an excellent portrayal of both
historical and contemporary adoption issues and clearly demonstrates the
complexities in adoptive and birth family relationships. Your inclusion of
personal stories of both same race and transracial adoptions makes the film
extremely useful in all kinds of settings. I get more meaning from it each
time I see it. ‘Unlocking the Heart of Adoption’ is an excellent teaching
tool and will be extremely useful for social work classes and continuing
education programs, as well as for use in adoption agency pre-placement and
post-placement trainings for families. Thank you for creating such a
wonderful piece of work."
Ruth G. McRoy, PhD
Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Work
University of Texas at Austin
"Sheila Ganz’s ‘Unlocking the Heart of Adoption’ is a superb teaching tool
for courses on adoption. This elegantly constructed documentary film
introduces U.S. adoption’s recent history and basic themes and provides a
dramatic and moving perspective on the powerful emotions adoption can
arouse. Tracing several adoption stories among triad members and across the
life-span, through interviews that honor all points of view, the film leads
viewers into a richly dimensional understanding of the conflicts, joys, and
sorrows of adoption. My students were very glad to have seen Ganz’s film;
it launched a fine discussion to which we will return again and again."
Margaret Homans, Professor of English and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality
“’Unlocking the Heart of Adoption’ is an incredible journey of the meaning
of adoption from the viewpoint of all parties – the adopted adult, the
biological parents and the adoptive parents. Professionals working with
families and children regardless of whether their discipline is education,
counseling, or medical would benefit from seeing this film. Nurses and
early childhood professionals in my course have commented on the paradigm
shift that occurred for them after exposure to the remarkable film. It
truly comes from the Heart.”
Joann O’Leary, PhD, MPH, MS, Adjunct Faculty
School of Nursing and Family Education
University of Minnosota
Colleges and universities – $250.00 plus $15.00 shipping & handling
Includes a Workbook with Discussion Guide, Chapter Outline and List of
Resources on Adoption Issues.
You can purchase the DVD or VHS tape and Workbook through PayPal at –
To send a check, or obtain more information contact:
Sheila Ganz, Filmmaker
Pandora’s Box Productions
1546 Great Highway, Suite 44
San Francisco, CA 94122
“Unlocking the Heart of Adoption” is on the recommended National Title IV-E
List of Child Welfare Films. The film continues to be screened at social
welfare conferences including the CSWE 2006 Annual Program Meeting and the
Child Welfare League of America National Conference with a wonderful
response from audiences. Ganz is a recipient of the 2006 Congressional
Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award.
All indications are that “Unlocking the Heart of Adoption” will be a
valuable resource in your media library permitting diverse disciplines to
benefit from this groundbreaking film.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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