Table of Contents: December 2016


Personal Essays

American Indian, Indian-American

American by birth, Indian by virtue of being raised by us, the hyphen may define my twins more than either of the terms throughout their lives. | BY LAKSHMI IYER

More Love Is More Love

In many families, relationships come without exact names. While adoption highlighted this truth, it was already a given in my family—and maybe in yours, too? | BY SARAH WERTHAN BUTTENWIESER

AF Picks

23 Adoption Charities for Year-End Giving

Looking for a worthy cause for an end-of-the-year donation? We compiled a list of readers’ favorite adoption-related organizations, with a few of our picks added to the list.


Gifts for New Parents Through Adoption

From time to bond to a scrapbook from the orphanage to IKEA furniture (and assembly!), parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting their child.

Ask AF


Study Finds Counseling for Expectant Mothers Lacking

Certificate of Citizenship Fee Increasing

Holiday Special on CBS Raises Awareness of Foster Adoption



Fall Fun & Halloween Photo Contest Winners

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

Texas Children’s Hospital

Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D.
Ellyn J. Bullock, Solberg & Bullock, LLC
Jennifer Fairfax, Family Formation Law Offices

2016 Holiday Gift Guide from Adoptive Families Sponsors