Table of Contents: Winter 2015 Issue



“In Our Own Words”: Three Adoptees Share Their Stories

It’s a Wrap! Adoption at the Movies 2014

Top 9: Family viewing guides and discussion questions.

Countdown to Summer

Make the most of birth family visits, homeland tours, heritage camps, and more.

Personal Essays

“Snowfall, and the Silence of Pregnancy”

A birth mother recalls the lonely, sleepless nights of her pregnancy.

“It’s an Adoption Thing”

One mom recalls the time at the hospital when her daughter was born, and the open relationship they’ve maintained with her birth mother ever since.

“When My Birth Mom Was an Astronaut”

An adult adoptee writes about her vivid childhood fantasies about her birth mother, including imagining that her birth mom was astronaut Christa McAuliffe.


Q & A with Maggie Jones

The author of “Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea” answers questions about how she came to write this piece, and the overwhelming response she’s received.

A Sad Loss for the Adoption Community

In Memory of Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D.

Advances in Adoption Rights Laws for Gay Families

China Adoption Process and Regulations Change

Updates to U.S.—Vietnamese Special Adoption Program

2015 Open Records Initiatives

Korean Adoptee Is a Top Yankees Prospect

New York Considers Legalizing Compensated Surrogacy

Korean Adoptee Wins Grammy Music Educator Award

2015 Adoption Tax Credit Maximum Increases

President Obama Pushing for Paid Leave for Federal Workers

The Experts

Healing from Food Insecurity

A feeding specialist addresses hoarding, sneaking food, or consistent overeating.



PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS: “All of Us” – Family Photos

PARENT-TO-PARENT: Specifying Gender When Adopting

AF PICKS: Notable New Reads of 2014

Thank you to this issue’s Sponsors:

Independent Adoption Center
Children’s Connections, Inc.
America’s Christian Credit Union

Adoption by Shepherd Care
Bethany Christian Services
Cleveland Clinic International Adoption Program
Dillon International
Forever Families Through Adoption
Michael S. Goldstein, Esq., LCSW
National Background Check, Incorporated
Pact, an Adoption Alliance – Pact Family Camp 2015

Adoptions from the Heart
Cono Christian School
European Adoption Consultants
Love Me, Feed Me – the Feeding Doctor
The Valley Hospital – Adoption Screening and Evaluation Program