Switched at birth
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Kathryn Kennish nee Dixon is the matriarch of an upper-class family in Mission Hills, Kansas City who finds out that the baby girl she brought home from the hospital isn't the one she gave birth to. They meet their biological daughter, Daphne Vasquez , and invite her and her mother to live in their guesthouse. Kathryn mentions that her grandmother was Italian, making her a quarter Italian and Daphne one-eighth Italian. In American Gothic , Kathryn finds out that Daphne is picked up everyday by her friend Emmett, who rides a motorcycle. She goes to John with her concerns, and they try to convince Regina to ban Daphne from riding the motorcycle. Regina says no, because she trusts Emmett and has known him for a long time.
According to ABC Family, it is "the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language ASL ". On October 21, , ABC Family now rebranded as Freeform confirmed the series had been renewed for its fifth season,  which was later confirmed to be the final season.
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Currently in its third season on ABC Family, the show centers around two families who discover that their daughters were inadvertently switched by the hospital when they were born. One of the daughters, Daphne, lost her hearing as a toddler due to bacterial meningitis. As the show opens, she has been attending a school for the Deaf for years, meaning that many of the characters in the show are Deaf or hard of hearing and communicate primarily or entirely via American Sign Language ASL. The other characters in the show are a mix of Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing. Despite being Deaf, Daphne is never defined solely by this aspect of her character.
As seen on the hit ABC Family series Switched at Birth Kathryn Kennish was delivered the shock of her life when she found out that the baby girl she brought home from the hospital 16 years ago isn't the one she gave birth to and that she has a biological daughter who she does not know. Now, for the first time, she tells her full, extraordinary, switched-at-birth story. Kathryn Kennish seemed to have a charmed life as a stay-at-home mom in a wealthy Kansas suburb with her husband, John, a former professional baseball player, and their two teenage children. But Kathryn's world was turned upside down when she found out that Bay, the daughter she and John have raised since birth, is actually the biological daughter of a single mother named Regina. This news is followed by the equally mind-boggling fact that Kathryn's biological daughter, Daphne, who happens to be deaf, has been raised by Regina in a struggling neighborhood in Missouri. In her memoir, Kathryn reveals the surprising and intimate layers of her story--from the private details of the switched-at-birth revelation to all that occurs in its aftermath, including Regina and Daphne's move into the Kennish household. In the wake of this immense shift, secrets and previously unexamined issues from Kathryn's and her family's past surface as they are forced to reexamine everything they assumed about what makes a family a family.