Table of Contents: October 2017



“Take It from Us!”: Open Adoption

Real-life advice from real families on understanding openness, navigating visits and contact, explaining birth siblings, and more. | BY ADOPTIVE FAMILIES READERS

Personal Essays

“Waiting on a Dream”

Matched out of the blue with an expectant mother, we were told the next call might come within days. But as the wait stretched to weeks and then months, I despaired—would our dreams ever come true? | BY JESSICA WAGNER

“Keeping Up Appearances”

As the parents of four black children, we drop a small fortune on lotion and products and build time into our schedule to style their hair, all the while questioning whether we know what we’re doing. A recent conversation offered some much-needed reassurance. | BY BILLY CUCHENS


Like Birth Mother, Like Child

Parents share talents or traits they see in their child that must be inherited from his or her birth family.

Downloadable Resource

Adoption Month Calendar

National Adoption Awareness Month (November) is just around the corner. Download our calendar with 30 ways to celebrate adoption.

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News Briefs

Council on Accreditations (COA) May Stop Accrediting Adoption Agencies

Ethiopia to Cease Processing Adoptions, and More International Adoption Updates

American Express Ranked #1 Adoption-Friendly Workplace in 2017

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Photo Contests

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Thank You to This Issue’s Sponsors:

Adoption by Shepherd Care
Adoptions from the Heart
Bethany Christian Services
Children’s Connections Inc.
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Ellyn J. Bullock, Solberg & Bullock, LLC
Dr. Jane Aronson
Texas Children’s Hospital