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July/August 2012
Vol. 45 No. 4

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CONSIDERING ADOPTION

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Moving on from Infertility by AF readers

Families share how they began to consider adoption.
p. 10

What's New in Adoption? by AF editors

A look at the recent laws, rulings, and study results that affect adoptive families.
p. 12

Just Adopt! by Sarah Kelly

The clueless things that people say to would-be adoptive parents.
p. 98

MY FIRST QUESTIONS

Timeline to Adoption

p. 14

Cost & Timing Survey Results

p. 16

Adoption Cost Breakdowns

p. 17

The Reluctant Spouse by Jill Smolowe

p. 8

Adoption Options by Lois Gilman and Susan Freivalds

A current overview of adoption costs and considerations.

p. 19

The Decision Matrix

p. 20

How We Decided by AF readers

Families explain how they found the adoption route that was right for them.

p. 22

An UnMatched Set by Jana Wolff

Can I love a child who doesn't look like me? Yes!

p. 24

Surviving the Homestudy by Lucia Moses

Use the homestudy to learn all about adoption.

p. 26

More Than Skin Deep by Judy Rader

My attachment is so fierce, it takes my breath away.

p. 28

MEDICAL & SURROGACY OPTIONS

Assisted Reproduction by Elizabeth Larsen

An overview of the ART options that more and more families are considering.

p. 29

Assisted Reproductive Technology: The Legal Perspective by Peter J. Wiernicki, Esq.

p. 33

DOMESTIC ADOPTION

Independent Adoption by Mark McDermott, J.D.

Thousands of newborns are placed each year through private adoption.

p. 35

Domestic Adoption: Perception & Reality by Eliza Newlin Carney

p. 37

Working with Prospective Birthparents by AF editors

Best practices: navigating the matching period to the first contact, and onward.

p. 40

Maternal Instincts by Lori Holden

An adoptive mother and a prospective birthmother form a bond.

p. 42

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

Adopting Internationally by Susan Freivalds

For more than a half century, Americans have been building their families with children adopted abroad.

p. 44

Adoption Medicine by David Tuller

How this medical specialty helps families.

p. 46

FOSTER ADOPTION

A Place to Call Home by Kathy Ledesma, MSW

107,000 children in the U.S. foster-care system are waiting for permanent homes. Could you be the perfect parent to one of them?

p. 47

Fostering Love by Rosemary Shulman

Despite the emotional risks, I knew that adopting from foster care was for me.

p. 50

NATIONAL ADOPTION DIRECTORY

Adoption Attorney Listings

Find an attorney near you.

p. 53

Country Listings

Timing, costs, requirements, resources, and agency listings by country.

p. 56

Domestic Adoption Agency Listings

Find a domestic agency that works with prospective parents in your state.

p. 66

International Adoption Agency Listings

Find an international agency that works with prospective parents in your state.

p. 74

Adoption Professional Listings

p. 95

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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