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Fall 2013
Vol. 46 No. 4

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FEATURES

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Magical Moments

The breathtaking winner and eight finalists of our 2013 Cover Photo Contest, and the stories behind the smiles.
p. 24

Fostering Positive Perceptions by Elisa Rosman, Ph.D.

Myths about adopting a child from foster care persist in the public mind. Here are the facts and families' experiences that dispute them.
p. 28

Supporting Birth Mothers, Strengthening Families by Diane Landino, MSW, Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT, and Susan Romer, Ph.D., J.D.

A new study finds that birth mothers have many unmet needs after placing a child for adoption, but that the right supports and relationships can help. We share the findings.
p. 30

Emotional Pictures by Addison Cooper, MSW, LCSW

Several kid-friendly flicks include adoption themes. Use our reviews and discussion guides to plan a family movie night this holiday season.
p. 33

THE EXPERTS

Older-Child Adoption by Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D., and Regina M. Kupecky, LSW

25 ways to nurture your newly adopted older child

p. 10

Adoption Law by Peter J. Wiernicki, Esq.

Sorting through "choice of law" in an interstate adoption

p. 11

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

p. 4

Letters

p. 5

Ask AF

p. 6
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH

30 Ways to Celebrate Throughout November

p. 9
HANDOUT

Explaining Adoption to Classmates

p. 13
AF PICKS

Gifts That Give Back

p. 21

PERSONAL ESSAYS

OUR STORY

She's Leaving Home by Peggy Lee Scott

A mother looks back—and forward—as her child enters college.

p. 15
IN MY OPINION

Certificate of Live Birth and Parentage by Catherine Anderson

"My son's birthmother's name should be on his birth certificate, too!"

p. 17
TALKING POINTS

Playing for Real by Lee Varon

Playing "adoption" brought this girl, and her mother, profound benefits.

p. 18
ABOUT BIRTHPARENTS

Welcome to the Family! by Sarah Barthel

This mom found herself warmly welcomed by a loving birth family at the hospital.

p. 20
AT HOME

Nine Belated Birthdays by Rachael Moshman

"Our daughter never had a birthday party before we adopted her...so we redid all the ones we'd missed."

p. 46

GROWING UP ADOPTED

Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage
THE EARLY YEARS

Healthy Sleep Patterns by Elaine E. Schulte, M.D.

p. 36
PRESCHOOL

Friendly Faces by Fran Eisenman

p. 38
ELEMENTARY

The Very Quiet Child by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.

p. 40
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

Birthparents on Their Minds by Debbie B. Riley, M.S.

p. 41

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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