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Winter 2014
Vol. 47 No. 1

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FEATURES

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Beyond "Happy" by Joni S. Mantell, MSW

Parenthood by way of adoption often entails unique experiences, which can complicate your joy when your child comes home.
p. 26

Breastfeeding Without Birthing by Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

Yes, you can nurse a baby you adopt! A lactation consultant and mom who did it explains the steps involved in the process, the challenges, and the benefits.
p. 30

Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier by Beth Hall and Gail Steinberg

Parents must talk with their kids about race and racism. Here's how to start the conversation.
p. 35

A Meeting of the Open Minds by Barbara Herel, Lori Holden, and Crystal Hass

Sit in on an intimate discussion between two adoptive moms and a birth mother that touches on the match, the birth, contact agreements, birth siblings, and more.
p. 40

THE EXPERTS

Adoption Parenting by Lois Melina

Maintaining privacy, not secrecy.

p. 10

Adoption Medicine by Larry B. Silver, M.D.

What to look for and where to turn for help when addressing learning and language difficulties.

p. 12

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

p. 4

Letters

p. 5

Ask AF

p. 6
PHOTO CONTESTS

Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me

p. 8
NEWS

2013 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey Results

p. 14
PARENT-To-PARENT DEBATE

Is "Gotcha Day" OK to Say?

p. 16
AF PICKS

Best Adoption Books of 2013

p. 18

PERSONAL ESSAYS

OUR STORY

If at First You Don't Succeed... by Emily Liebert

Her parents told her hard work was the key to success. So why wasn't she getting (and staying) pregnant?

p. 20
PARENTING THE CHILD WHO WAITED

What We Wish We Had Known by Judy Myerson and Sara Bieber

A mother and daughter share what they wish they'd known about older-child adoption.

p. 22
ABOUT BIRTH PARENTS

Two Degrees of August's Birth Mother by Samantha L. Hines

How one child's birth family contact benefits his siblings living in closed adoptions.

p. 24
LIVING WITH DIVERSITY

Thinking Back and Looking Ahead by Jeff Yeast

How one dad went from wanting a child who looked like him to insisting on one who didn't.

p. 25
AT HOME

The Ring by Laura Broadwell

"My mother's ring connects my daughter to our family in profound, unexpected ways."

p. 54

GROWING UP ADOPTED

Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage
THE EARLY YEARS

Early Milestones by Sarah Springer, M.D.

p. 45
PRESCHOOL

Mastering Their Stories by Carol Peacock

p. 46
ELEMENTARY

Keep the Discussion Going by the editors of Adoptive Families

p. 47
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

Teens in Blended Families by Debbie B. Riley, M.S.

p. 48

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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