Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) – Comprehensive Review

Transfiguring Adoption’s Overview:

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) is a long-awaited sequel to the famous U.S. TV series many children have grown up watching. While this film can appeal to many children with slap-stick moments, fart jokes, and the throwbacks to the TV series, caregivers of children from the child welfare system should be cautioned when viewing this film. Many children who have grown up in nurturing families may not have the same struggles with this film as children in care, but what could be considered innocent fun could reflect some serious struggles children in care have due to emotional and social neglect in crucial developmental years. This should be a film that caregivers make a point to watch with their older children in care and be prepared to discuss some important concepts after relating to health parent/child boundaries, stranger danger, and how a safe, capable adult should care for children. Younger children will not understand most of the film and will struggle to follow the fast-paced plot and older teens most likely will find the film to be…

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About the Author: Rachael Rathe

Rachael B. Rathe is an East Tennessee native with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child & Family Studies from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in mental health since 2013 and in foster care/adoptions for a private provider agency since 2014. Rachael was inspired to work in the field after working with children and teens on a volunteer basis 2008 – 2013. Rachael’s ideal self-care day involves snuggling on a couch with her kitties (Tabitha, Fergus, and Rufus) while enjoying a good movie or book. She also enjoys galavanting around conventions concerning all things nerd and geekery.


**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.


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Rachael B. Rathe is an East Tennessee native with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child & Family Studies from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in mental health since 2013 and in foster care/adoptions for a private provider agency since 2014. Rachael was inspired to work in the field after working with children and teens on a volunteer basis 2008 - 2013. Rachael's ideal self-care day involves snuggling on a couch with her kitties (Tabitha, Fergus, and Rufus) while enjoying a good movie or book. She also enjoys galavanting around conventions concerning all things nerd and geekery.

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