Ahead of its fourth season finale on October 26, ABC Family (Freeform beginning in January) has picked up a fifth season of its critically acclaimed original drama series Switched At Birth.

ABC Family 1Switched at Birth is a family drama exploring early adulthood, blended families and deaf culture, and includes scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language. The series has been honored with a Peabody Award as well as a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming and an Imagen Award for Best Primetime Program.

“Every season ’Switched at Birth’ continues to deliver fresh, relatable storylines that tackle important social issues, reflecting what our audience experiences daily,” said Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development. “We’re excited to see where Lizzy will take these characters next.”

The series stars Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez, Vanessa Marano as Bay Kennish, Constance Marie as Regina Vasquez, D.W. Moffett  as John Kennish, Lea Thompson as Kathryn Kennish; Lucas Grabeel as Toby Kennish, Sean Berdy as Emmett Bledsoe with guest star Marlee Matlin as Melody Bledsoe.

Switched At Birth is executive-produced by Lizzy Weiss, Paul Stupin, and Linda Gase.