Table of Contents: Jul/Aug 2011



Start Talking

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here’s where to begin.

Surviving a Winding Road

What should you be prepared for when pursuing adoption, and how can you lessen the risk of heartache along the way?

Summer Reading Special

Our choices for best adoption books of 2011 — plus excerpts of two adoption-themed memoirs!

Personal Essays

More Than ‘That Family’

In choosing this route to adoption, we knew we’d get looks on the street. But the experience of constantly being seen, and recognized, was a whole different story.

Planning for ‘The Call’

Are you prepared to receive the news that you’ve been chosen? If not, here are six things we wish we had known, before we became a family of three.

Emma’s Song

Since adopting a deaf older child from China, it’s been my privilege to become her interpreter, her voice, her audience, and her mom.


Policy and Practice

Kyrgyzstan Opens Door

Ukraine Guidelines Change

Love is Blind

Growing Up Adopted

The Early Years: A Special Book for Baby

Create a simple story for your young child to learn and grow with.

Preschool: The Games They Play

Some play scenarios, like birth or adoption story lines, are common for adopted preschoolers. Here’s how parents can encourage healthy exploration and early discussions.

Elementary: Kids Just Like Me

Meeting kids just like them in a workshop setting can be a powerful experience for children and their parents.

Middle & High School: Discussing Puberty

Puberty can be an especially difficult time for adopted children, who may struggle to relate to their parents’ experiences.

The Experts

When Parents Adopt Out of Birth Order

Many experts say that out of birth order adoption is a bad idea. Yet, there are many ways to make it work for your family.

Finally Final

Adoption can’t be finalized until after marathon of post-placement visits and termination of parental rights. Here’s what to expect before, during, and after the hearing.



PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS: Mommy & Me and Daddy & Me

Thank You to This Issue’s Sponsors:

Parent Match

Adoption ARC
Adoption Services Associates
Americans for International Aid and Adoption
Beacon House Adoption Services
Bethany Christian Services
Dillon International

A Beka English as a Second Language
Adopt From Poland
Adoption Nutrition
Adoptions from the Heart
Children’s Connections, Inc.
Children’s Health
Childrens’ Home Society of Minnesota
Cleveland Clinic
Cono Christian School
European Adoption Consultants
Susan Parr Travel
The Russian Orphan Lighthouse Project
Valley Health System