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


September/October 2011
Vol. 44 No. 5




Classroom Consciousness by Michele St. Martin

How to select the right school for your child-when both diversity and academic strengths are musts.
p. 23

Secrets of Successful Adoption Travel by Carrie Howard

What can you do to prepare for the adoption trip, and how can you avoid travel headaches along the way?
p. 26

Expecting the Unexpected by Rebecca Klein

Experts and parents offer advice on how to meet your child's needs and build attachment when adopting a toddler or an older child.
p. 28

Is Adoption "Sad"? by Robert A. Barnett

It's so easy not to discuss the harder aspects of adoption with your child, but as parents, we should be open to it. Here's where to begin.
p. 31


Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

The Early Years: Healthy Eyes and Ears by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

p. 34

Preschool: Adoption Goes to Preschool by Jennifer Smart

p. 36

Elementary: Step Back at School by Carrie Krueger

p. 37

Middle & High School: Standing Up to Bullies by Debbie B. Riley, M.S.

p. 39


From the Editor

p. 4

Letters • Heard in the Community

p. 5

Ask AF

p. 8

Reader Photos: Welcome Into Our Hearts Photo Contest Winners

p. 6

Adoption in the News

The latest numbers in adoption.

p. 16

Our Story by Kate Hlava

It's a bird, it's a plane! It's...Super Adoption Mom?

p. 17

About Birthparents by Dawn Friedman

A hospital visit with your child can bridge the gaps in her story.

p. 18

And So It Begins by I.D. Steinberg

A mom's route to motherhood did not go as planned.

p. 20

Our Story

Plan J, also known as becoming parents through Indian surrogacy.

p. 22

At Home by Jessica O'Dwyer

A mother recognizes that her son's story started before she met him.

p. 46


Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

What you need to know during your first days with baby.

p. 11

Adoption Parenting by Lois Melina

Useful tips to help your children handle transition.

p. 12

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

An adoption attorney explains the steps to take when contacting expectant mothers before adoption.

p. 14

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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