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November/December 2012
Vol. 45 No. 6

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A Thousand Words

Announcing the adorable winner and eight finalists of our seventh annual Cover Photo Contest -- each with an amazing family story to tell.
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The Big IF by Julie Corby, Tanya Gabbay, Jaymee Giddings and Danielle Pennel

Becoming a mother or father after facing infertility means making a series of intensely personal decisions. Four families tell how they made their choices.
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Becoming a Family by Jen Hatmaker, Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, Kathryn Reiss and Tom Strychacz

The transition period after adopting an older child is hard, but oh, so worth the wait. In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, we've collected stories and advice to help you through it.
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GROWING UP ADOPTED

Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

The Early Years: New Baby, New Traditions by Joanne Solchany, Ph.D., ARNP

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Preschool: Little Ears by Fran Eisenman

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Elementary: Keeping Memories Alive by the Editors of Adoptive Families

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Middle & High School: Relating to Relatives by Debbie Riley, M.S.

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DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

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Letters

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Ask AF

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National Adoption Awareness Month: 30 Ways to Celebrate

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News: Trends in International Adoption by Elisa Rosman, Ph.D.

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Waiting Game by Kimberly Rex

Willing your cell phone to ring and analyzing texts -- how waiting to be chosen can echo the dating game.

p. 14

At Home by Barbara Herel

An adoptive mom shares what it means to adopt as an older parent.

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THE EXPERTS

Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

Expert advice on piecing together a medical history for a child from foster care.

p. 10

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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