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WELCOME from the Editors of Adoptive Families Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

OVERVIEW ARTICLES

10 Steps to Adoption . . . . . . . . 7
by Chris Adamec

You can do it!

What's New in Adoption? . . . . 8
by Susan Freivalds

New laws and rulings benefit adoptive familees

Adopting Smart . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
by Lois Gilman and Susan Freivalds

Today's adoptive parents have more choices than ever. Here's an overview of how they work and what they cost.

Choosing an Agency . . . . . . . . 21
by Jennifer O'Riordan

Put your research and networking skills to work.

Independent Adoption . . . . . . . 26
by Steven Kirsh

How do you find the right attorney?

Talking with Prospective Birth Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
by Lynn Franklin, with Brenda Romanshik

Build trust with honesty and respect.

A Look At Open Adoption . . . . 35
by Lois Ruskai Melina

Children benefit when there are no secrets, but openness takes work.

Adopting Internationally . . . . . 39
by Susan Freivalds

Every Year more American families include a child adopted abroad.

Adopting A Child in Foster Care 42
by Nancy Ng

Waiting children in the U.S. need committed parents, not perfect ones.

10 Tips for Adoptive Parents . . 61
by Chris Adamec

Practical advice from one who's been there.


FEATURE STORIES

The Reluctant Spouse . . . . . . . 18
by Jill Smolowe

Don't be surprised if your mate resists adoption even as you're embracing it.

Pre-parenthood . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Do you need an inner Martha Stewart to pass the home study?

Courting the Birth Mother . . . . 29
by Caroline Leavitt

Your goal is to make a connection; let your attorney ask the hard questions

Meet a Family Online . . . . . . . . . 47
by Lois Gilman

Internet Diaries can take you inside the adoption experience, warts, joys and all.

Single Parents Unite! . . . . . . . . . 53
by Rita Guastella

We may not have partners, but we're not alone.

You Are Me, A Letter to My Son 59
by Larry Carlat

You don't have my hair, my nose, or my eyes. But you have my heart.


ADOPTIVE
FAMILIES

2001 NATIONAL
LISTINGS

Adoption Attorney Listings . . . . . 32
Members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

State Adoption Unit Listings . . . . 45
Officials in your state who can help you adopt.

Adoptive Parent Support Group Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Helpful contacts on your path to adoption.

National Adoption Organizations 52
Coast-to-coast resources for everyone touched by adoption.

Adoption Agencies and Their Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Up-to-date information organized by state.

USEFUL SIDEBARS AND CHECKLISTS

Cost of Adopting. . . . . . . . . 14

Ideas for Helping to Ease
a Spouse's Reluctance
. . . . 20

Agency Questions . . . . . . . 23

What to Ask Before Hiring Your Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Risks and Benefits of Adopting Independently . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Open Adoption Checklist . . . . 36

Help with Adoption Expenses . 37

International Adoption Trends . 39

Best Adoption Websites . . . . 51

Best Books
for Adoptive Families
. . . . . . .51

Adoption Terms: A glossary . 62


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