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Summer 2013
Vol. 46 No. 3

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SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S ISSUE: CELEBRATE ADOPTION!

Our Path to Adoption

Getting Into Club Mom by Erika Trader

p. 14

Giving Me Her Quilt -- and Her Dream by Laura Mills

p. 14

When I Knew I Was Ready by Maggie Terryn

p. 15

Our First Choice by Tracy Antonelli

p. 16

Getting the Call

Let the Games Begin! by Lainie C.

p. 17

What Plans? by Michelle Edwards

p. 17

Our Happiest Meal by Stephanie Wilson

p. 18

A Night I'll Never Forget by Melanie Love

p. 19

Meeting Our Child

Dear Daughter by Jeri Okamoto Floyd

p. 20

My Moment of Peace by Angie Knutson

p. 21

A Hat Just Like Dad's by Becky Huffman

p. 21

FIRST FAMILY PHOTOS CONTEST WINNERS

p. 22

My Son Needed Me by Wendy Peacock

p. 24

"You're Up, Dad" by Eric Johnson

p. 27

Four Indelible Introductions by Austin Wimberly

p. 27

Welcome Home!

The Promise of a Thousand Memories by Ronnie Rodrigues

p. 29

OUR ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENTS

p. 30

Our Initiation Into Parenthood by Donna Carrasco

p. 32

Becoming Attached

My Resilient Son by Dr. Jane Aronson

p. 33

Finally Feeling Like Mummy by S.D.

p. 33

Music to My Ears by Tina Traster

p. 34

Blood Does Not Mean Family by Cassie Harris

p. 35

My Nights with Tiana by Nina Vincent

p. 36

Taking Moms for Granted by Sarah Marxer

p. 37

The Joy of Siblings

The Baby Sister Effect by Patty Lazarus

p. 38

Adopting Slaid's Sister by Matt Thompson

p. 38

SIBLING SNAPSHOTS

p. 40

A Test of Character by Scott Kessler

p. 40

Honoring Birthparents

A Love We Never Expected by Angela Palmer

p. 43

Our Kids Are All Right by Janet Menke

p. 43

My First Mother by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston

p. 44

A Mother's Day Not About Me by Tara Bradford

p. 45

POEM: Amazing by Deb Chorzempa

p. 45

"I Have Four Moms" by Jessica O'Dwyer

p. 46

Family Traditions & Special Memories

My First Mother's Day by Sara Bosaw

p. 47

A Table Laden with Meaning by Margie Carr

p. 47

My Christmas Dream Come True by Leigh Giusti

p. 49

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

p. 4

Letters

p. 5

Ask AF

p. 6

At Home by Sharon K. Trumpy

An adoptive mom's message to those still on their journey to parenthood.

p. 54

THE EXPERTS

Open Adoption by Kathleen Silber

Expert advice on how to set boundaries in an open adoption.

p. 9

Adoption Law by Janna J. Annest

How to select and hire your adoption professional.

p. 10

Child Development, Family, Health, and Education Research

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