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


July/August 2011
Vol. 44 No. 4




Start Talking by Tobin McClain, Ph.D.

Not sure when-or how-to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.
p. 19

Surviving a Winding Road by Carrie Krueger

What should you be prepared for when pursuing adoption, and how can you lessen the risk of heartache along the way?
p. 22

Summer Reading Special

Three powerful excerpts and a poignant storybook for children, selected by the editors of AF. Plus, our annual Best Books List features titles, new and old, that will inspire, inform, and help you celebrate adoption with your children.
p. 25


Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

The Early Years: A Special Book for Baby by Carrie Krueger

p. 34

Preschool: The Games They Play

p. 36

Elementary: Kids Just Like Me

p. 38

Middle & High School: Discussing Puberty by Debbie B. Riley, M.S.

p. 39


From the Editor

p. 4


p. 5

Ask AF

p. 8

Reader Photos: Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me Photo Contest Winners

p. 6


The latest adoption news

p. 14

Bookstore: Notable new reads.

p. 14

Calendar of events

Find an event for your family to attend.

p. 14

• Q&A

AF chats with Becky Fawcett, the cofounder of
p. 15

• "Who You Calling Tiger-Mom?" by Deanna Arden

p. 15

Living With Diversity by Sharon K. Trumpy

A multiracial family experiences constant visibility because of race, but does not let this define them as a family.

p. 16

Waiting Game by Brian and Farrah Carnahan

What we wish we'd known and done before "the call" came.

p. 18

At Home by Patti Kelly

A mother tells the moving story of her daughter's joy at sharing her long-silenced voice.

p. 46


Older Child Adoption by Lois Melina

Lois Melina, an internationally recognized authority on adoptive parenting, on how to successfully adopt out of birth order.

p. 10

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

An adoption attorney explains the ins and outs of finalization, the last formal step of the process.

p. 12

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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