Table of Contents: Mar/Apr 2012



7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.

In Their Own Words

Adolescent adoptees offer first-person wisdom to fellow adoptees.

Midlife Moms and Dads

Older adoptive parents are joining playgroups and digging Dora the Explorer. One mom shares her how she keeps up with kids, creates a support network, and manages sibling rivalry.

Personal Essays

Finding Tess

A yearly India Camp helped our family celebrate its diversity — and helped our daughter discover her own identity.

“Is PAL too PC?”

Positive adoption language helps correct misunderstandings about adoption. But is it too politically correct?

“At Home: My Asian Daughter”

At 13, my daughter is still figuring out who she is. Race is one part of the picture, adoption is another.


New Connections in U.S. Adoption

Growing Up Adopted

The Early Years: Bonding Bliss

Use simple, everyday gestures — like feeding, burping, or tickling — to bond with your baby and promote a healthy attachment.

Preschool: “This is How We Became a Family”

Ready to start the adoption conversation with your preschooler? Here are some tips on where to begin.

Elementary: Their Own Thing

Don’t be sad if your child’s personality is different than yours — it’s a sign he’s developing into his own person.

Middle & High School: In Charge of Their Birth Stories

By the time our children reach their preteen years, it’s up to them to decide which parts of their adoption stories they want to tell their peers.

The Experts

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.

Staying Healthy On Your Adoption Trip

If you’re travelling to adopt, read on to learn what medical precautions you can take to ensure your family makes the journey safe and sound.



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America’s Christian Credit Union
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Adoptions from the Heart
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Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital
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European Adoption Consultants
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Southwestern Medical Center
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