Table of Contents: November 2016



2016 Cover Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 1,000 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.

Personal Essays

Front Porch Children

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it. | BY KERI COLLINSWORTH

We Are All Adopted

From my own search for my roots through adopting older children from foster care, life has taught me to treasure my children’s biological connections while knowing that we don’t have to look alike to belong together. | BY VERONICA CHENIK GILMORE

Family Is Now

As I reflect on the vicissitudes of life—in my relationships with my father and with my daughter, and my daughter’s with her birth family—it becomes clear that family, any family, is ever changing. | BY DAWN FRIEDMAN

AF Picks

Gifts That Give Back

Each year, we search for companies that donate proceeds to charities that support adoption and other causes. Choose a gift for your child or loved ones from the merchants highlighted here and your purchase will benefit children and families around the world.


“Did You Do Anything to Prep for the Home Study Visit?”

Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.

Ask AF


Children in Foster Care More Likely to Have Health Problems

Deportation Likely for Adam Crapser

WHO Set to Broaden Definition of ‘Infertile’ to Include Singles and Same-Sex Couples

IRS Increases 2017 Adoption Tax Credit

Expanded Definition of Parent Tested in New York State Court



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