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March/April 2013
Vol. 46 No. 2

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FEATURES

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Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

In this exclusive excerpt from Nia Vardalos' new memoir, she describes the first meeting with her daughter, adopted from foster care.
p. 18

Hooray for Heritage! by the Editors of Adoptive Families

Families share the many ways they honor their children's origins, from summer travel to everday activities you can do at home.
p. 20

Making Memories by Colleen Calvani

Scrapbooks and photobooks let us document our journey to parenthood and can help our kids make sense of their adoption stories. Here's how to preserve your precious moments.
p. 23

GROWING UP ADOPTED

Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

The Early Years: (Baby)Proof It! by Mark Widome, M.D.

p. 28

Preschool: Early Talks About Race by Sophia Chin

p. 31

Elementary: Intense Emotions by Julie Ross

p. 32

Middle & High School: Open Adoption and Teens by Debbie B. Riley, M.S.

p. 33

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor-in-Chief

p. 4

Letters

p. 5

Photo Winners: Winter Fun

p. 6

Ask AF

p. 8

AF Picks: Best New Books

p. 13

News Briefs: Russian Ban, Adoption Tax Credit, and More

p. 14

Waiting Game by Trisha White Priebe

As agonizing as it is, the wait can bring benefits. Consider these five.

p. 15

Our Story by Amanda Purvis

A mom describes how she's helping her no-fuss, no-tears, compliant little girl to find her voice.

p. 16

At Home by Ashlee Andrews

An adoptive mom on answering her friends and family when they asked if she was ruining her perfect family by adopting.

p. 38

THE EXPERTS

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

Expert advice on how to be the strong parent you child needs.

p. 10

Adoption Parenting by Lois Melina

How to adjust open adoption arrangements to meet families' needs.

p. 11

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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