Table of Contents: April 2019



8 Keys to Talking About Adoption

There is no one-size-fits-all script to walk parents through conversations with their children about they way they joined their family, but there are guidelines you can follow to ensure years of open, honest communication. | BY ANNE MOODY

Personal Essays

“A New Path in Our Adoption Journey”

For years, my daughters’ birth mother dropped in and out of our lives as she battled a drug addiction. Now she is back in our lives, back in her own life, and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring for all of us. | BY LYNN SOLLITTO

“Sliding Doors”

We all imagine different ways our lives could have played out. For adoptees, these fantasies may seem particularly compelling: ‘What would my life have been like if I had not been adopted?’ | BY BRENDA COTTER


The “Match Meeting” with an Expectant Mother

“Be yourself” and more real-life advice for prospective parents who are understandably nervous about the “match meeting” with an expectant mother.

Ask AF

Photo Contest

Kids and Pets Contest Winners

Thank You to This Issue’s Sponsors:

Adoptions from the Heart
Children’s Connections Inc.
National Background Check

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