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Spring 2014
Vol. 47 No. 2

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"I'm Getting a New Brother or Sister!" by Arleta James

When a new sibling is not a baby but an older child, parents and kids will benefit from realistic expectations and deliberate preparation.
p. 26

Q&A: Closure by Addison Cooper, MSW, LCSW

We speak with Angela Tucker, the subject of this intimate documentary, about the need she always felt to meet her birth parents—and what it was like, involving her family in the search, and more.
p. 29

Creative Birth Family Connections by AF readers

Families share the Pin-worthy ways they keep their kids' birth families involved in their lives.
p. 32

SPECIAL REPORT: Adoption & Teens by Anu Sharma, Ph.D., Robert Barnett, and Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT

Adoptive Families explores the main stages of adolescence, along with specific situations and conversations that might arise with your teen, and how you can respond.
p. 35

THE EXPERTS

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

p. 10

Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

How to diagnose and treat anemia in children.

p. 13

Transracial Parenting by Deborah Johnson

Microaggressions and "invisible" racism.

p. 14

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

p. 4

Letters

p. 5

Ask AF

p. 6
PHOTO CONTEST

Hugs & Kisses

p. 9
NEWS

Investigating the "Baby Trade" Claim

p. 16
PARENT-TO-PARENT DEBATE

What's in Our Child's Name?

p. 18
AF PICKS

Apps for Adoptive Families

p. 20

PERSONAL ESSAYS

OUR STORY

Yes, We Do Adopt by Nefertiti Austin

Yes, Black people do adopt, as this mother tells fellow Black women every day.

p. 21
ABOUT BIRTH PARENTS

The Blank Spaces by Nora Dock

A mom is angry about the consequences her son will suffer from prenatal alcohol exposure, but she can't be angry at his birth mother.

p. 22
WAITING GAME

One Hundred Books by Debra Guckenheimer

How did this mom fill her long wait? By filling a bookcase for her child.

p. 24
AT HOME

Just Call Me Horton by Amanda Purvis

A mom on how her daughter is drawn to movies and books that reflect her own story.

p. 50

GROWING UP ADOPTED

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

The Comments Begin by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.

p. 41
PRESCHOOL

Setting Appropriate Expectations by Mary Hopkins-Best

p. 43
ELEMENTARY

"I Think About Your Birth Mom, Too" by Fran Eisenman

p. 44
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL

All the Pieces of Me by Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT

p. 45

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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