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90210: Adoption Search & Reunion Effects on Birth Siblings

Mother and child (c) Lynda BernhardtAs I shared in my blog entry 90210 Adoption Search and Reunion Storyline for November Sweeps, 90210 is diving into an adoption search and reunion storyline. This week’s episode was the first installment. This episode gave me a lot to think about regarding the dynamics of adoption search and reunion.

When I think about adoption search and reunion, I generally think about how it feels for the birth mother and the adoptee to meet again. I have also thought a little bit about how an adoption search and reunion might affect the adoptive family. However, I have not given much thought to the ramifications for birth siblings. That was focus of this week’s episode of 90210.

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90210 Adoption Search and Reunion Storyline for November Sweeps

Statue (c) Lynda BernhardtAccording to the October 27 issue of TV Guide, the adoption search and reunion storyline will kick into high gear on Beverly Hills 90210 just in time for the November sweeps. On November 4, adoptive parents Harry (played by Rob Estes) and Debbie (played by Lori Loughlin) will tell their teenage children, Annie (played by Shenae Grimes) and Dixon (played by Tristan Wilds), that their father has a 22-year-old birth son. The audience will meet the birth son, Sean (played by Josh Henderson), on November 11.

The family is not new to adoption. They adopted Dixon out of foster care when he was younger.

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More on 90210’s Transracial Adoption Storyline

Peppers (c) Lynda BernhardtI have really been enjoying the way that the new television show 90210 has been revealing just a little bit about the transracial adoption storyline each week. In my first post about the 90210 transracial adoption storyline, I shared that Dixon (played by Tristan Wilds) is an African-American boy who was adopted by a Caucasian family. Dixon’s adopted sister, Annie (played by Shenae Grimes), is the parents’ biological child.

As I shared here, Dixon and Annie had a brief conversation about his adoption in the pilot. That conversation was mostly about how Dixon was not looking forward to having to explain his adoption to a bunch of new people.

In the second episode of 90210, Dixon alluded to growing up in rough foster homes.