Table of Contents: January 2017



Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds. | BY BARBARA HEREL

Personal Essays

Where We All Belong

As a teen with six siblings through foster adoption, I get a lot of questions about my large, “strange” family. So how do I reply? | BY JULIA BAXTER

The Red Thread of Fate

More than a decade ago, I was hopefully working my way toward an adoption from China. After a tragedy derailed my plans, I wound my way to family in an entirely different way. | BY MICHELLE PARIS

AF Picks

Noteworthy Adoption Books Published in 2016

Presenting our annual roundup of new memoirs, novels, children’s books, and non-fiction with adoption storylines or themes. Here are 19 notable adoption books published in 2016.


My Favorite Adoption Memory

Adoptive parents and adoptees shared their favorite adoption memories from the past year, including first Mother’s Days, finalizing adoptions, and gaining access to open records.

Ask AF


More Children in Foster Care Than One Year Ago

Adoptees Retain Subconscious Knowledge of Birth Language

Adoptee Deported to Colombia

New Jersey Unseals Adoption Records



Holiday 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.

Texas Children’s Hospital

Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D.
Ellyn J. Bullock, Solberg & Bullock, LLC