Table of Contents: Winter 2020



2019 Cover Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 500 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.

AF Picks: 15 Noteworthy Adoption Books Published in 2019

Adoptive Families presents our annual roundup of new memoirs, novels, children’s books, and non-fiction with adoption storylines or themes, published in the last year.

Personal Essays

“From Waiting Mom to Flexible Working Mom”

Adoption allowed me to fulfill my dream of finally becoming a mother, and my flexible work schedule allows me to be the mom I’ve always wanted to be. Here’s how you can make it work, too. | BY COREY SCHAUT

“On Parenting from Afar”

Once, I grieved the loss of a biological child. Nineteen years later, as I watch my son leap and soar (literally) into adulthood, I am at peace with my role of nurturing the many gifts built into his nature. | BY SHELLY ROY, LCSW


No End to the Nosy Adoption Questions

When you formed your family through adoption, everyone seems to think it’s their right to ask you nosy questions about adoption. Readers share some of the most common—as well as some of the most outrageous.

Ask AF

Thank You to This Issue’s Sponsors:

Adoptions from the Heart
Children’s Connections Inc.
National Background Check

Ellyn J. Bullock, Solberg & Bullock, LLC
Dr. Jane Aronson
Texas Children’s Hospital