Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.


January/February 2010
Vol. 43 No. 1




Bonding with Baby

How parents can enhance attachment at each developmental stage, from infancy through toddlerhood.
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6 Questions Every Adopted Teen Wants Answered by Debbie Riley, M.S., with John Meeks, M.D.

Adolescents demand fuller and more factual anwers to their adoption questions. In this excerpt from Beneath the Mask, we take a look at what goes on in the minds of teens, and offer advice for talking with them.
p. 37

New Kid on the Block by Lisa Milbrand

Growing your family through adoption? Use these techniques to help your child embrace his new sibling.
p. 41


Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

Ages 0-2: More Than the Blues by Doris A. Landry

p. 45

Ages 3-5: Celebrating Sameness by JoAnne Solchany

p. 46

Ages 6-8: "What If My Birthmom Comes Back?" by Jane Brown

p. 47

Ages 9-12: Dealing with Divorce by Fran Eisenman

p. 48

Ages 13+: Going Off to College by Debbie B. Riley

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• A connection to music and birth family

p. 19

The latest adoption news

p. 20

• Postings from AF's bloggers at Adoptive Families Circle

p. 21

• Readers' picks of adoption charities

p. 22

• Road-testing baby monitors

p. 23

From the Editor

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A forum for parents to connect.

p. 8

Ask AF

p. 10

Calendar of Events

Find an event for your family to attend.

p. 24

Waiting Game by Andrea Vij

Joining other adoptive families can make all the difference during the wait.

p. 26

Living with Diversity by Shannon M. Medisky

A mom helps her "conspicuous" child feel like a part of their family.

p. 28

Parenting the Child Who Waited by Robin Lightner

Some rules of thumb for the first few months after a new child arrives.

p. 30

Our Story by Terri Urban

After learning abut a long-ago "secret" adoption, this mom reflects on her family's unique story.

p. 31

Family Album

Photos from our new online community,

p. 50


An uplifting lifebook; a melting pot of teen voices; inside a Russian orphanage; and a DVD pick for our families.

p. 53

At Home by Sherri Gragg

A miracle awaits this transracially adoptive family in the deep South.

p. 62

The Experts

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

Everything you need to know about the ICPC.

p. 12

Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

When the birthparent relationship changes during the teen years.

p. 13

Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

Build healthy eating habits to last a lifetime.

p. 15

Single Parent by Lee Varon

What to consider when choosing a guardian.

p. 17

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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