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


November/December 2010
Vol. 43 No. 6




Fifth Annual Cover Photo Contest

Each one of these winning photos captures a unique family moment, and all are flat-out adorable. See them now on AdoptiveFamiliesCircle, AF's online community!
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Friendship Lessons by AF Editors

AF spoke with social-skills expert Fred Frankel, Ph.D., about what a parent can do to help her child make and keep good friends.
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A Place to Call Home by Kathy Ledesma, MSW

Many adults consider adopting from foster care, but doubt or fear holds some back. In honor of National Adoption Month, in November, we answer the most common questions.
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Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

Ages 0-2: The Transition Diet by Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.

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Ages 3-5: Reindeer Games by Joanne Solchany, Ph.D.

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Ages 6-8: The Family Picture by Joey Nesler

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Ages 9-12: What If? by Fran Eisenman

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Ages 13+: All Grown Up by Debbie Riley, M.S.

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From the Editor

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A forum for parents to connect. We asked readers, "Why did you decide to adopt?"

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Ask AF

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• The latest adoption news.

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Readers debate Annie; best new blogs

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• Picks: Gifts That Give Back

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Calendar of Events

Find an event for your family to attend.

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Parenting the Child Who Waited by Tanya Reid

When you adopt a teenager from foster care, be prepared to be taught a few things.

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Living with Diversity by Annie Kassof

To what extent is her daughter's bond with "Uncle Frankie" based on their shared race -- and to what extent on their shared love of football?

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Our Story by Mary Greene

This mom chose her adoption route because she wanted to adopt a white child. Is there anything wrong with that?

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At Home by Jenny Thomas

Sarah stayed in this family's care for only a short time, but she left behind a lifetime of memories.

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The Experts

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

The federal adoption tax credit, explained.

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Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

An overview of the most common special needs.

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Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

How to build a relationship with your child's birthmother.

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Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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