Table of Contents: October 2016



Parenting with an Open Heart

Whether you see your child’s birth parents frequently or have never had contact, you can still imbue your adoption and your relationship with your child with openness. | BY LORI HOLDEN

Personal Essays

Finding My Place in the Family

Though society doesn’t know what to do with birth mothers, I knew I had a place with my son’s parents. At his second birthday party, I learned that I had a place with their family, too. | BY ELSA

Adoption Is Not Second Best

Near-strangers feel compelled to tell me about friends who got pregnant after adopting and say, “There’s still hope….” But I don’t hope for a biological child; I hope for a healthy relationship with my two kids. | BY DANIELLE HELZER


What Does a Family Want to Hear While Waiting to Adopt?

Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.

Ask AF


Comment on a Pending Amendment to Adoption Regulations

Senate Fails to Pass Landmark Foster Care Act

Intercountry Adoption Updates, October 2016



Mommy Moments & Daddy Moments 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