Table of Contents: April 2018



What Do Preteens Think About Adoption?

Before the infamously moody teen years, pre-adolescence can present its own challenges for parents. How should you respond to tweens’ questions about adoption or initiate conversation with a preteen who doesn’t seem eager to talk? | BY ELLEN SINGER, LSCW-C

Personal Essays

“Sister—a Role I Wasn’t Ready to Play”

“My biological brother was adopted as an infant. When he found us, he was eager to claim us as family. But is that really what we were?” A woman shares the story of meeting her birth sibling and offers advice for others contemplating search or faced with a reunion. | BY ELIZABETH BROOKS

“My Snuggle Boy”

When he’s at home, there’s a good chance you’ll find my not-so-little boy cuddling on my lap. What a change from the expressionless toddler who came home to us eight years ago! | BY BILLY CUCHENS


“I Can’t Believe She Just Said That!” – Biggest Adoption Misconceptions

Parents share misconceptions about adoption that they’ve encountered, from ‘love heals all’ to ‘your child is lucky’ to ‘now you’ll get pregnant!’

Ask AF

Photo Contest

Enter the 2018 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest!

AFC Photo Contest Winners: Kids and Pets



Thank You to This Issue’s Sponsors:

Adoption by Shepherd Care
Adoptions from the Heart
Bethany Christian Services
Children’s Connections Inc.
National Background Check

Ellyn J. Bullock, Solberg & Bullock, LLC
Dr. Jane Aronson
Texas Children’s Hospital