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Spotlight on AF

Holidays
We've combed through our archives and assembled a great set of holiday activities, including traditions, recipes, and gift giving ideas that honor our children's beginnings. From guidelines for gift-giving in open adoptions to a delicious recipe for Chinese Almond Cookies, you'll find it here.

Words From the Heart
In this year-end issue, as our gift to readers, we included a special pullout booklet featuring 14 of our favorite warm, funny, honest, brave, compelling, inspiring personal adoption writing. But for each essay we chose, there were several others we loved as well. On this page, we share the many wonderful pieces that did not fit our pages in the magazine.

Giving Back
In the spirit of the season, Adoptive Families asked readers to nominate worthy nonprofit organizations working for the good of children around the world, and online retailers who donate a portion of their proceeds to charitable causes. We only had room to feature a few in the November/December issue of the magazine, but here are the complete lists.

2006 Adoption Calendars
Each year, Adoptive Families rounds up a list of adoption-themed calendars. Here the list for 2006.

Cost of Adoption Survey
As you may know, many families who might adopt do not because of concerns about the expense. Help us document the real cost of adoption by completing the survey below.

Raising Adoption Awareness
During National Adoption Month this November, we urge you to foster positive and accurate thinking about adoption in your community. On our outreach page, we provide information and activity ideas to get your started.

Share Your Story: Choosing Your Adoption Route
How, and why, did you choose your adoption route? What information was important? What factors made a difference? Please share your decision process with other AF readers.

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AF's Annual Roundup of Heritage Camps and Culture Days

AF Bookstore: Whether you're looking for a how-to guide, a memoir, or a great book for your multiracial kids, you'll find it at the Adoptive Families bookstore.

Parent-to-Parent FAQ: Share your adoption experiences and advice with other moms and dads.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: There's a lot of positive-and negative-focus on adoption in the media and business worlds. Offer your kudos to those who get it and educate those who don't.

Adoption Professional Central: Want to list an event or let others know about your support group? Here's the place to do it. Sign up now.

Media Page: Read our reviews before you go to the movies, and post your own opinions and reviews, too.

Parent Support: Find a local adoptive-parents support group.

Agency and Program Listings: A database of more than 500 programs throughout the U.S., with detailed information on adoption requirements, costs, and timing.

Calendar of Events: Adoption-related celebrations, conferences, seminars, playgroups, and support groups in your neck of the woods.

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