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May 2016
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AFH Friends,
 
  As we approach the end of another school year, I am so proud of all that we have accomplished this past year. Our group just keeps growing, and we now have 100+ families who are active members of our group. We have had excellent attendance at all of our events- our educational meetings, playdates, annual picnic, etc. We are obviously fulfilling a very important need in our community.

  You probably know that our annual membership drive is well under way, and we hope you will sign up for another year of fun, knowledge, and connectedness with other adoptive families.

Wishing you a happy and safe summer with your families!

Warmly,
Kathie Otte, President
SUMMER FUN
Anywhere
Here are a few fun ideas that can be done in any city:
- Make giant bubbles *
- Host a backyard summer party for the kids
- Have a picnic at the park
- Go on a scavenger hunt
- Make lemonade
- Go on a hike
- Go to the park
- Build a fort
- Have a water balloon fight
- Play pass the water game *
- Go fishing
- Play frisbee
- Read a good book together
- Go star gazing
- Tie dye shirts
- Go cloud watching
- Have a treasure hunt in the house
- Visit the strawberry farm
- Let kids cook dinner
- Do some fun science experiments
- Have a 3-legged race
- Make a movie
- Make homemade applesauce
- Have a movie night
- Have a family game night
- Attend a free concert
- Play bingo on a hike *
- Fly a kite
- Play back-yard mini golf *
- Make a fruit pizza or fruit kebabs
- Sew something: superhero cape?*
- Paint rocks
- Donate 3 toys
- Make a rainbow with a hose

* Great ideas found on Pinterest
RECOMMENDED BOOK 
Current wisdom holds that adoptive parents should talk with their child about adoption as early as possible. But no guidelines exist to prepare parents for the various ways their children might respond when these conversations take place. In this wise and sympathetic book, a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist, both adoptive mothers, discuss how young children make sense of the fact that they are adopted, how it might appear in their play, and what worries they and their parents may have. Accounts by 20 adoptive parents of conversations about adoption with their children, from ages two to ten, graphically convey what the process of sharing about adoption is like.
SUMMER FUN
Houston Bucket List
Want to get out and do something amazing, but have no idea where to start or what to search for?  Guess what - someone has already done the work for you.
Check out www.BigKidSmallCity.com
  - Houston Calendar of Events
  - Things To Do This Week

  - Houston Bucket List which includes things to do inside, outside, playgrounds, wall murals, water activities
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Calling Past, Present and New Members
Our Membership Drive for 2016-2017 has begun!

   If you renew/join by June 1, 2016 (application and dues), you will be entered in a drawing for a family 4-pack of tickets to our annual picnic in the fall.  It is always a lot of fun for the whole family with food, games and activities for the kids and lots of socializing for the adults.

  Remember your membership entitles you to free attendance at 5 educational meetings per membership year and invitations to all of our social events (playgroups, book clubs and holiday parties).  We also have a private Facebook page with postings from our events and other adoption related articles.

  We hope you will join, and early sign up insures that your information can be listed (if desired) in our Directory that is printed during the summer to be available at our first meeting in the fall.

  We hope to see you in September! (We also usually have a late summer playgroup in August.)

  Thank you to everyone who renewed their membership at the recent meeting!
~Membership Committee~
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MOTHER'S DAY PLAYDATE
IN THE NEWS
15 Stories That Capture What It's Like To Be Adopted  Huffington Post
"We weren't abandoned: we were chosen."

Open Adoption - Pros and Cons  ABC News
Although many still consider open adoptions controversial, those who have researched the practice say that some of the fears are unwarranted.

International Adoptions Are Down  U.S. News
The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 12 percent last year to the lowest level since 1981, according to new State Department figures.

Nun Helps Adoptees Find Roots  The Korea Times
Every year since 1995, the 63-year-old nun has provided consultation for around 100 overseas adoptees with hopes of finding their roots.

What The Books Didn't Tell Me  Adoptive Families Magazine
All the parenting books in the world were no match for a mother's instincts on how best to nurture her child.
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