Monday, June 03, 2013

Blindside' mom launching show to help adoptive families

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The mother whose story inspired the hit movie “The Blindside” has taken on a new television series to assist families in navigating the process of adoption.

“We are taking one family at a time and we are trying to make a difference,” said Leigh Anne Tuohy, adoptive mother of Super Bowl champion and offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Michael Oher.

Ever since her family’s real life story of taking in – and eventually adopting – a teen from the streets has captured the public’s attention, Tuohy said members of the family have been offered spots on numerous shows, from “The Amazing Race” to “Undercover Boss.”

“We’ve turned them all down because that’s just not who we are,” she said in a recent press call.

However, Tuohy recently decided to get involved with UP’s “Family Addition” because “it just enhances our platform and our message” that “every child is valuable” and “every kid in every country of this world is valuable and worth having a forever family.”

Premiering June 7 on the cable television network UP, “Family Addition” will feature a different family each episode that is facing the challenges that come with adopting children.

From reorganizing homes to navigating the “maze of red tape” that is the adoption process, Tuohy wants to help parents all over the United States who are making the transition of bringing in new family members.

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