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


January/February 2011
Vol. 44 No. 1




The Evolving Conversation by Gail Steinberg and Beth Hall

Sometimes parents should initiate talk about adoption, sometimes we should wait for our children's questions. Here are sample conversations and strategies to use, whether you're leading or following.
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Adoption and Social Media: Should I "Friend" Our Birthmother? by Carrie Krueger

Facebook has dramatically changed the way information is exchanged between adoptive parents, birthparents, and adoptees. Experts and parents offer advice on navigating this new terrain.
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Baby Care and Bonding: First Year Home: Now What?

Expert answers to new parents' most common questions about feeding, sleeping, and forging a strong attachment.
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Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

The Early Years: Finding a Pediatrician

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Preschool: Preparing for a Sibling by Jane M. Dalton

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Elementary: Heritage Travel by Carrie Kitze and Jean Macleod

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Middle & High School: Support Groups by Debbie B. Riley

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From the Editor

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A forum for parents to connect. We asked readers to tell us about their homestudy and share their advice with fellow parents-to-be.

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Ask AF

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• The latest adoption news.

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• Best new blogs

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Calendar of Events

Find an event for your family to attend.

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Waiting Game by Sandi Van Everdingen

A new adoptive mom reflects on her own moments of "labor" and "delivery."

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About Birthparents by Billy Cuchens

After hitting bumps in an open adoption, a couple decides to pull back, but not close the door.

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At Home by Marcia Maynard

Open adoption is feeling both hopeful and guilty. It's saving every letter and e-mail. It's....

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The Experts

Adoption Law by Peter J. Wiernicki

Addressing birthfathers' rights.

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Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

Explaining tough information about birthparents.

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Older Child by Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D.

Discipline strategies that work for kids who waited.

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Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

Eczema treatment and skin care.

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Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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