Why “Closure” is a Great Example of a Successful Adoption Reunion
The film “Closure” is one that should be written down on your movie list if you are looking for great films to watch about adoption. “Closure” focuses on a young woman named Angela, who was born in the mid 1980’s. She suffers from a condition called “Spastic Quadriplegia,” which can force many muscles and tendons in the body to become weaker. As time passes, Angela grows curious about where she originated from and requests to learn more about her birth family.
Adoption Choices of Kansas highly recommends this film if you are in search of a heartwarming film about adoption. Angela’s story is a wonderful example of a successful adoption reunion, and we know that you will love it!
Angela Tucker is a transracial adoptee born in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was placed for adoption as an infant and raised by Caucasian parents in the city of Bellingham, Washington. Angela’s adoptive family consists of eight children, seven of whom are adopted.
Some of Angela’s siblings, like her brother Kyle, have a disability, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASDs). When Angela received her diagnosis, she was told she would walk again. However, not only did she walk again, but she also became a star athlete on both her high school track and field and basketball teams.
Angela is extremely educated and lives with her husband, Bryan. Now that Angela is settled in with her life, she has chosen to try and locate her birth family. Her adoption is considered to be a closed adoption, so very little information is given about Angela’s birth parents. As she looks at her very limited amount of paperwork, she learns that her dad has a very unique first name: Oterious. Using this information, Angela searches for her birth father on Facebook.
As it turns out, Angela’s birth father is a very popular local who goes by the name “Sandy the Flower Man.” Following DNA testing, Angela reunites with nearly every other member of her birth family — except for one. Her birth mother, Deborah.
This is a longer process, but you’ll have to watch the documentary to see what happens next!
How is Angela’s Story Considered a Successful Adoption Reunion?
Angela knew that she wanted to meet her birth family one day, but she didn’t know that her search efforts would mean so much to her. From only knowing that her birth family was out in the world somewhere, to deciding to search, she took baby steps to find answers about her adoption story.
Since “Closure” is a documentary, all of the actors in the movie are played by themselves. This is important because it can make for an adoption film more special. The viewer is able to relive Angela’s story on a more personal level. Angela’s husband, who films her adoption journey, does an excellent job with exploring the reality of a closed transracial adoption and the effects that it has on others.
Should You Watch “Closure”?
Of course! “Closure” is such a unique and very true adoption story. Angela’s story proves a successful adoption reunion because of how she used social media to to locate her birth father and the rest of her family. If you are interested in learning more about Angela or her adoption story, check out her website.
If you watch the film, be sure to let us know your thoughts and if it brought up anything for you. We are more than happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you have about adoption, and we are only a phone call or message away!
Meet the Author: Jason Legasse is a rising senior English major studying at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He hails from the Albany, New York area, but has plans to relocate to sunny Venice, Florida with his mom come Fall. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jason plans to study General Special Education at Meredith College, where he will earn a Master’s degree and use that to teach middle school Special Education.
Jason is a self-proclaimed introvert with Asperger’s who really enjoys writing. He has a huge passion for helping others, specifically those with disabilities. He is very excited to be working with Adoption Choices over the summer, and looks forward to learning more about the adoption process!