9 Must-see Foster Family-Friendly Movies To Stream In 2024

Discover the top 9 foster family-friendly movies of 2023 perfect for streaming in 2024. Our curated list offers heartwarming, adventure-filled picks ideal for cozy movie nights at home. From Disney's enchanting 'The Little Mermaid' to the thrilling 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny', find your next family favourite here!

As we embrace the beginnings of 2024, it's the perfect moment to look back at those heartfelt family activities we planned but couldn't quite manage in the hustle and bustle of the previous year. Whether it was that ambitious DIY project left unfinished, the wholesome recipes yet to be tried, or the family movie nights that remained a dream, we understand.

While DIY might not be within our expertise, here at Origins, we're excited to present our expertly curated list of the top nine foster family-friendly movies released in the last couple of years. So, grab your cosiest blankets, pop some popcorn, and dim the lights. Your home is about to transform into a magical cinema experience with these captivating movies from the past year or two, perfect for streaming in 2024.

1. The Little Mermaid (the 2023 version)

Based on the Disney animated film and inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen classic tale, The Little Mermaid (2023) is a magical reimagining of the beloved story. In this live-action adaptation, Ariel's adventurous spirit and longing for a world beyond her own resonate deeply with foster families. The themes of finding one's place in the world and the power of unconditional love make this a heartwarming addition to any family movie night.

2. Ron’s Gone Wrong

This animated feature tells the story of a young boy and his unlikely friendship with a malfunctioning robot. Ron's Gone Wrong beautifully illustrates the themes of friendship, acceptance, and the uniqueness of each individual. Foster families will appreciate the message that family isn't just about blood relations; it's about who stands by you when you need them the most.

3. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

In this sequel to the groundbreaking animated film, we delve deeper into the Spider-Verse, meeting new characters from different dimensions. Its diverse cast and the theme of collaboration against adversity make it a great pick for foster families. The movie reinforces the idea that everyone, regardless of background, can be a hero.

4. Wish

Wish is a story about the power of hope and the strength of wishes. This family-friendly film encourages viewers to dream big and never give up. It's particularly relevant for foster families, as it underscores the importance of holding onto hope and striving for a better future.

5. Elemental

This animated adventure explores a world where fire, water, earth, and air residents live together. It's a metaphor for diversity and unity, making it an excellent choice for foster families. It teaches valuable lessons about embracing differences and working together for the common good, breaking down preconceptions and prejudices to unite the film’s heroes.

6. Barbie

The Barbie movie brings the iconic doll to life in a vibrant and imaginative way. It's all about finding your own voice and not being confined by expectations. This message is empowering for children in foster care, who often navigate their own unique challenges and identities.

7. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

The latest instalment in the Indiana Jones series combines adventure and history, making it a thrilling watch for the whole family. It's a reminder that you're never too old to embark on new adventures and discover new things, a message that resonates with both children and adults in foster families.

8. Lightyear

This spin-off from the Toy Story universe follows the legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear. The movie, with its themes of perseverance, courage, and friendship, is an inspirational tale for foster families. It teaches children to have faith in themselves, to reach for the stars and never give up, no matter the obstacles.

9. Encanto

Encanto is a colourful and magical tale about the Madrigal family, each member with their own unique gift. Set in the beautiful countryside of Columbia, this film is a celebration of individuality and the strength found in family bonds. Foster families will appreciate its emphasis on the idea that being a family isn't about being perfect, but about being together and supporting each other, even when you may not eye to eye with one another.

A portrait photo of Eithne Larkin, a team member at Origins Foster Care smiling and looking at the camera.
Written by:
Eithne LarkinEithne Larkin
January 1, 2024
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