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Spotlight on AF

Get Talking!
We've got everything you need to know to start talking about adoption, answering your child’s questions, and educating your friends and relatives at

Family Time
From naming ceremonies to holiday celebrations to Gotcha day, rituals help families recognize special moments. You’ll find heart-warming stories and tips for creating your own rituals at

To Change or Not to Change?
Many adoptive parents wonder how to handle name changes. In the July/August 2006 issue, Adoptive Families asked our readers how and why they decided to change or keep their child's name. Read the story and then weigh in on the debate at

Share Your Story:
How did you word your adoption announcement? Did you create a custom announcment, or adapt a pre-printed template?

Stay Up to Date
AF’s e-newsletters bring you classic articles, Parent-to-Parent FAQs, adoption news and notes, and more about the topics you’re interested in. Sign up here.

Say Cheese!
A picture's worth a thousand words–and a big prize, if you're a winner of Adoptive Families' First Annual Photo Contest, sponsored by Sears Portrait Studio. We're seeking the sharpest, sweetest and all–around best portraits and candid photos of our readers' children. You'll find more information on this page. And for complete official rules and guidelines for taking digital photos for submission, visit

Tech Support
We're in the process of revamping our Web site, and we'd like your feedback about features we're considering. Tell us what you'd like to see when we relaunch.

Hosting a 2006 Heritage Event?
Submit the details to for our Annual Roundup of Heritage Camps and Culture Days.

See Your Child in the Pages of AF
Full details about how to submit a winning family photo.

AF Bookstore: Whether you're looking for a how-to guide, a memoir, or a great book for your multiracial kids, you'll find it at the Adoptive Families bookstore.

Parent-to-Parent FAQ: Share your adoption experiences and advice with other moms and dads.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: There's a lot of positive-and negative-focus on adoption in the media and business worlds. Offer your kudos to those who get it and educate those who don't.

Adoption Professional Central: Want to list an event or let others know about your support group? Here's the place to do it. Sign up now.

Media Page: Read our reviews before you go to the movies, and post your own opinions and reviews, too.

Parent Support: Find a local adoptive-parents support group.

Agency and Program Listings: A database of more than 500 programs throughout the U.S., with detailed information on adoption requirements, costs, and timing.

Calendar of Events: Adoption-related celebrations, conferences, seminars, playgroups, and support groups in your neck of the woods.

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