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Onward (2020) – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. Which brother do you think you’re more similar to? Why?
    Caregiver Note: Ian is an introvert who worries about trying to make others like him and fitting in. He is anxious and scared of everything. Barley is outspoken and labeled as a ‘troublemaker’ by the townspeople. Both brothers are likely very relatable to our kids- being adopted or in foster care can often make kids feel like outsiders and they may struggle to fit in and to make friends. A lot of time they are also misunderstood by the general public and can be labeled as ‘out-of-control’ or ‘troublemakers’ the way that Barley is. Talking about these feelings and struggles in these two characters and the ways they deal with and overcome them during the course of the movie can be a way to help kids recognize and …

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About the Author: Jenn Ehlers

Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.


**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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Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

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