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March/April 2008
Vol. 41 No. 2




"Who Can I Be?" by Elizabeth Larsen

How camps, workshops, and mentors can help our children form strong identities.
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p. 26

Let's Play Adoption by Susan Tompkins

Break out the Barbies and Legos! Fantasy play frees our kids to sort their feelings about adoption.
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p. 32

Special Report: Raising Latino Children

Four adoptive moms, seven adoptees, and a Latina parenting expert talk about the immigration debate, learning Spanish, dealing with racism, and developing cultural pride.
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p. 35


Parenting tips and advice for every age and stage

Ages 0-2: Your Child's Medical History by Robert Barnett

It's not always easy to get your child's medical information, but a little data can go a long way. Here's what to ask, and why.
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p. 43

Ages 3-5: Having Just One? by Joanne Sochany, Ph.D.

Only children often get a bad rap, but most grow up to be just fine. Tips for raising your one and only, and reasons to trust your decision to stop at one.
WEB EXTRA: Find more information about only children and siblings at

p. 44

Ages 6-8: When a Birthmom Moves On by Julie Michaels

Families may find that a birthmother's contact wanes as time goes on. But with a little flexibility, you can keep the connection alive.
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p. 45

Ages 9-12: "Time for Camp? by Joni S. Mantell

Some adoptees can't wait to go to sleepaway camp; but others dread such a separation. Here's how to know if your pre-teen is ready.
WEB EXTRA: Find articles on culture camp and tips from AF readers

p. 46

Ages 13+: Fighting Words! by Debbie B. Riley

You're teen may bring up birthparents and adoption when she's angry at you. Here's how to respond.

p. 49


Ask AF

Knowing when to share birthmother information; preparing for a sibling; getting up-to-date immunizations; and more.

p. 10

Bulletin Board

How to become a foster parent; cool adoption blogs; a new show on Nickelodeon; and more.

p. 12

Calendar of Events

Find an event for your family to attend.

p. 14

News & Notes

The benefits of family living; the U.S. ratifies the Hague Convention; intercountry adoption update; and more.

p. 16

Living With Diversity by Andrea Sperling

When a mother dressed her infant in an ao dai and took that now-famous portrait, was she perpetuating a stereotype?

p. 18

Parenting the Child Who Waited by Julie Holmquist

Can the power of love and hope heal the pain of an 11-year-old Russian boy?

p. 20

Waiting Game by Laura L. Mills

As the wait for her daughter drags on, this mom-to-be "slips up" and buys a few baby items.

p. 23

Single Parent by Laura Broadwell

Much to her mother's chagrin, nine-year-old Eleni becomes a moral force of nature.

p. 24

Family Album

Your photos, your moments.
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p. 48

Book Reviews

A novel by an adoptee; a documentary about a China heritage trip; two photo books with families that look like ours; and more.

p. 53

At Home by Wendy Eisenberg

A simple white rocking chair holds a host of family memories.

p. 66

The Experts

Adoption Medicine by Deborah Borchers, M.D.

The facts about Mongolian spots.
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p. 50

Parenting Transracially by Deborah Johnson

Helping teens deal with questions about race and adoption.

p. 51

Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

Talking with classmates about birthparents.

p. 52

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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