Families, Adoptees, Birthfamilies gather at annual summer picnic

Dr Bliss, Barney, and happy adopteesOur annual summer picnics were a great success! Below is an account of the picnic in Los Angeles at El Dorado Park, written by Tai Farnsworth, an IAC alumni and staff writer:

On June 16th almost 200 people gathered to celebrate the joy that is adoption. Families that we created through the love of openness bonded over delicious hot dogs and tons of fabulous picnic food. Sixty adoptees ranging from 2 months old to 14 years old partook of face painting, Barney dancing, a bounce house and the famous toy raffle. There were families from every part of the adopting process, including a record 13 waiting families! We were even lucky enough to be joined by 12 different families who have adopted through the IAC more than once. Most exciting was the amount of birthfamilies that were there laughing and playing with the whole group. The IAC is so proud of their continued support of open adoption and the six birthfamilies that were represented truly shine the brightest light on our best intentions. Thank you to everyone who joined us and we hope to see all of you again next year. We’ll bring the hotdogs!

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