FROM THE EDITOR
The fits-and-starts arrival of spring this year made me think of
a beloved children’s book. In “The Corner,” from the Frog and
Toad All Year, Frog tells Toad about his father’s assuring him
one “cold, gray day” that “spring is just around the corner.”
Young Frog eagerly looked around several corners—in the
woods, in the meado w, by the river—before heading home,
turning the corner of his house...and finding spring! Arnold
Lobel’s stories often carry wise and gentle messages. Aside from not giving up,
this one always reminds me of the need to seek new perspectives.
Adoption discourse has traditionally been confined to the voice of the
adoptive parent. As Angela Tucker, subject of the must-see documentary Closure,
writes, “Society no longer needs to speculate about the challenges transracially
adopted children may face as they grow, because we can tell you. Isn’t it time to
include [adoptees’] voices?” (page 29). We answer with a resounding yes—
believing that you, too, want to hear from the adults your children will become—
and hope that, in each issue of AF, you find stories that reflect your own experience, as well as some that offer a fresh angle.
Nefertiti Austin writes about opening eyes in “Yes, We Do Adopt” (page 21).
As a single Black adoptive mother, it’s become part of her mom routine to talk to
other Black women who want to know “who, what, when, where, and how much
it cost,” disproving the “myth that Black people do not adopt.”
In a moving essay (page 22), Nora Dock writes about the “blank spaces” in
her son’s brain, possibly in his future, caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. She
is angry about the consequences her beautiful son will face, but she cannot be
angry at his birth mother, conscious that she lives daily with the “most painful
blank space of all,” the absence of her son in her life.
We’re also eager to welcome spring because it means the start of our annual
Cover Photo Contest. Enter all of your standout shots at adoptivefamilies.com/
photocontest Last fall, as we judged the 2013 contest, we were taken with the
adorable portrait of Traeson, and also the story behind the photo. “We gave this
same stuffed animal to his birth parents,” said his mom, Danielle, “and continue
to take photos of him with it, so they can see how much he’s grown.” Read more
about this unique connection, from Danielle and Traeson’s birth mother, and
other ways families are getting creative with open adoption contact on page 23.
Have an idea to share? Pin it on our boards at pinterest.com/adoptioncircle!
Spring 2014 Vol. 47, No. 2
ART DIRECTOR Ron Anteroinen
COPY EDITOR Gene Jones
EDI TORIAL;ASSISTAN TS;Kate Harms worth
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Jane Aronson, D.O., New York, NY • Deborah Borchers, M.D., F.A.A.P., Cincinnati, OH • David Brodzinsky, Ph.D., South Orange, NJ • Jane Brown, M.S. W., Scottsdale, AZ • Susan Soon-keum Cox, Eugene, OR • Joseph Crumbley, D. S. W., Philadelphia, PA • Ronny Diamond, New York, NY • Lois Gilman, New York, NY • Beth Hall, PACT, An Adoption Alliance, San Francisco,
CA • Jerri Jenista, M.D., Ann Arbor, MI • Dana Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., International Adoption Clinic, University of Minnesota • Deborah Johnson, M.S. W., Minneapolis, MN • Gregory Keck,
Ph.D., The Attachment and Bonding Center, Cleveland, OH • Joe Kroll, North American Council on Adoptable Children, St. Paul, MN • Mark McDermott, J.D., Washington, DC • Joyce
Maguire Pavao, Ed.D., L.C.S. W., L.M.F. T., Cambridge, MA • Adam Pertman, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, New York, NY • Vicki Peterson, L.I.C.S. W., Chestnut Hill, MA • Amy
Rackear, M.S. W., South Salem, NY • Debbie Riley, M.S., Center for Adoption Support and Education, Silver Spring, MD • Brenda Romanchik, Insight: Open Adoption Resources & Support,
Royal Oak, MI • Sarah Saffian, New York, NY • Jayne Schooler, Columbus, OH • Sarah Springer, M.D., F.A.A.P., Pittsburgh, PA • Judy Stigger, The Cradle, Evanston, IL • Lillian Thogersen,
World Association for Children and Parents, Seattle, WA