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


November/December 2011
Vol. 44 No. 6




A Photo Finish!

Every one of the winning shots of our Sixth Annual Cover Photo Contest is flat-out adorable. From the silly to the serious, the photos celebrate the things that make our families special.
p. 26

Scrapbooking Made Simple by Jenni Colson

Creating a personalized picture book will preserve your child's story and spark discussion for years to come. Here are the techniques and tools to get you started.
p. 31

National Adoption Awareness Month

This November, shop AF's list of Gifts That Give Back, and find creative and easy ways to advocate in your community, now and all year long.
p. 34

Inside/Outside by Sarah Idzik

A collection of transracial adoptees' stories describing the unique experience of simultaneously belonging and not belonging.
p. 35


Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

The Early Years: Showered with Love by Lisa Milbrand and Julie Michaels

p. 43

Preschool: Routines That Last by Fran Eisenman and Bonnie Perkel

p. 45

Elementary: Spinning Stories by Joni S. Mantell, LCSW

p. 46

Middle & High School: "I Just Don't Fit In" by Debbie B. Riley, M.S.

p. 48


From the Editor

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Ask AF

p. 6


p. 9

Adoption News & Notes

The latest news in adoption.

p. 16

About Birthparents by Julie Anderson

The letters and photos to your child's birthparents? Keep them coming, says this mother.

p. 20

And So It Begins by Susan Dodge

Can a family survive the heartache of a failed domestic adoption?

p. 22

Waiting Game by Owen Griffith

A dad finds hope, happiness, and more in each stage of the adoption process.

p. 24

At Home by Catherine Koons Hubbard

A mother shares the story of her daughter's growth who was once deemed "too small to fight for her needs".

p. 54


Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

Sorting through formula options.

p. 10

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

Common feeding challenges, and their solutions.

p. 12

Third Party Reproduction by Kris Probasco, LCSW, LSCSW and Megan Fabian, B.A.

Expert advice on how to explain donor conception to your child.

p. 14

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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