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


July/August 2010
Vol. 43 No. 4




Summer Reading Special

Three inspiring book excerpts chosen by the editors of Adoptive Families. PLUS: 2010 Best Books Lists
p. 27

Attachment Answers by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.

AF interviews renowned expert Deborah Gray, the author of Attaching in Adoption, about how parents can bond with a newly arrived child.
p. 34

Other Brothers (and Sisters!) by Joan Oleck

Whether they are known or unknown, biological siblings are the rule, not the exception, for most adoptive families. Six families share their stories about finding, explaining, and connecting with birth sibs.
p. 38


Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

Ages 0-2: A Solid Start by Elaine Schulte, M.D.

p. 42

Ages 3-5: Family, Far and Near by Fran Eisenman

p. 45

Ages 6-8: "No Fair!" by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.

p. 47

Ages 9-12: Prying Preteens by Joanne Solchany, Ph.D.

p. 48

Ages 13+: Is It Just a Phase? by Debbie Riley, M.S.

p. 49


From the Editor

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A forum for parents to connect.

p. 7

Ask AF

p. 8


• The latest adoption news; news focus: adoption disruption

p. 15


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• Gear: swaddle blankets; notable blog posts

p. 20

Calendar of Events

Find an event for your family to attend.

p. 21

Our Story by Stacy Clark

Preschoolers pose tricky first questions about adoption as they begin to notice differences in their families.

p. 24

Living with Diversity by Billy Cuchens

For every family that doesn't match, there is a support group where everyone can fit right in.

p. 26

Daddy & Me Contest Winners

See the shots that stole our hearts, from the more than 600 photos AF readers uploaded to

p. 41

At Home by Sherri Gragg

A mother gives praise to the wonder of family and the everyday conversations that heal us.

p. 54

The Experts

Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

Tips on making the most of your time at the hospital.

p. 10

Single Parent by Lee Varon, Ph.D.

The best storybooks for children in single-parent families.

p. 12

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

Everything you need to know about budgeting for a domestic adoption.

p. 13

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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