Adoptive Families, the award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.




Adopt Again? by Theresa Reid

Adopting a second child is a big step. Is your family ready? Here's some been-there, done-that wisdom from parents to help you decide.

Scrap Mania by Colleen Corley

Digital scrapbooking is the easy new way to preserve your memories—and adoptive parents are at the head of the pack! We give you the know-how to get started.
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Is DNA the Key? by Nicole Sprinkle

As genetic testing makes its way into the adoption world, our families discover its promise—and its limitations.
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Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

Ages 0-2: What a Trip! by Susan Martin-Lepore

Even parents who adopt domestically need to travel. Are you ready for the journey?

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Ages 3-5: Big Tummies, Big Questions by Joanne Solchany, Ph.D.

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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Ages 6-8: "Privacy, Please!" by Joey Nesler

Surprised by your grade-schooler's sudden need for personal space? Don't be. It's normal.

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Ages 9-12: Following Their Bliss by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.

When adopted tweens find their passion in life, they connect with the world around them.

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Ages 13+: Myths About Teens by Debbie B. Riley

In a quandary about what's normal—and what's not—about your teen? Here's what you should know.

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Ask AF

Explaining a pet's departure — kids' books about open adoption — skin care and feeding concerns — and more.

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Bulletin Board

Most popular names — address labels for diverse families — our Celebrate Adoption! poster — and more.

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Calendar of Events

Find an event for your family to attend.

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Adoption News & Notes

China revises its priorities for adopters — California toughens adoption-facilitator regulation — Hague accreditation begins — and more.

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News Focus by Xan Rice

Everybody knows that Madonna adopted a boy from Malawi. But until now, few knew why his father said yes.

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AF readers put children's hair-care products to the test.

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Media Focus by Susan Avery

The Italian tells a somber tale of a little boy's search for his birthmother.

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Waiting Game by Corey Halls

After each losing a few battles on the way to our adoption, my husband and I both ended up winning.

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Our Story by Michelle Farrell

Becoming a mom helped me put things into perspective. Before adopting, however, it was a different story.

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About Birthparents by Shannon Thompson

The two days I spent alone with my newborn meant a lot. But the fact that she's grown up knowing me has meant the world.

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Single Parents by Laura Broadwell

My golden years are likely to be filled with pet doggies and boxed mac and cheese. And I can't imagine anything better.

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Music for the wait — raising adopted children — learning what makes a family — and more.

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At Home by Sara Martin

My son craves the comfort of music the way other kids his age rely on their blankets.

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The Experts

Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

Giardia and H. pylori: diagnosis and treatment for these common infections.

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Parenting Transracially by Deborah Johnson

Talking about racism.

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Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

Maintaining contact with birthparents during the first months your child is home.

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Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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