Author Archives: Ann Wrixon

Rehoming Adoption, and How to Fix It.

IAC is aware of this practice called “re-homing” where families illegally move adopted children (most frequently internationally adopted children) to new families without any oversight from child welfare authorities. Unfortunately, this is only technically illegal if the child crosses state lines as this violates the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). If not, […]

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Open Adoption is the Answer to Many Issues Raised by ICWA

The New York Times recently asked a group of experts to comment on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) that the Supreme Court will be reviewing this session. In early January 2013, Court agreed to review a South Carolina court’s decision to return custody of a 27-month old child to her biological father who was […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 2013

On Friday January 4, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a South Carolina court’s decision to return custody of a 27-month old child to her biological father who was an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe. They made this decision with a “heavy heart” because the child had lived with her adoptive non-Indian […]

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The Web Makes Open Adoption “Inevitable”

“Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption” released by the Evan P. Donaldson Institute on December 13, 2012 is a comprehensive overview of both best practice in adoption and the impact that the Web is having on that practice, both for good and ill. Perhaps the most pertinent finding is that families must […]

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One Million Moms Attacks ABC Over LGBT Adoption

One Million Moms, a project started by The American Family Association (AFA), a non-profit conservative Christian Fundamentalist group based in Mississippi, is protesting Jennifer Lopez’ new ABC television show, “The Fosters”, because its theme portrays a lesbian couple bringing up their adopted children.  They issued a statement on their website and we would like to […]

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Halloween Costume Photo Contest

Calling all Frankenstein Monsters, Princesses, Cats and Cowboys: The Independent Adoption Center is excited to announce our first annual Halloween Costume Photo Contest! The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate at Toys’R’Us. Here are the details: Photo must be of your child in his or her Halloween costume (Please note: By submitting any photos, […]

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IAC Sponsors Adoptee Night with the SF Giants

The Independent Adoption Center is proud to sponsor the first annual Adoptee Night at the San Francisco Giants game. The event will take place on July 24th as the Giants play the San Diego Padres. We sat down with Adoptee Night organizer Holly Bachman, founder and CEO of the Mixed Roots Foundation, to find out […]

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Families, Adoptees, Birthfamilies gather at annual summer picnic

Our 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 […]

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“Transracial Adoption Talk” Open Adoption Magazine, Winter 2012

Letter from the Editor: In celebration of the new year, this issue of Open Adoption offers stories of both reflection and hope. On page one, you will find a collage of IAC’s newest families, followed by exciting announcements on page two, including the Holiday Card Contest Winner. We also reveal the look of our new […]

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“Birth Stories” Open Adoption Magazine, Fall 2011

Letter From the Editor: The articles in this issue of Open Adoption are warm and inspiring, helping us welcome another holiday season. We celebrate IAC’s newest families on page one and announce holiday party dates and new staff on page two. The holiday season at IAC also includes our annual holiday break and Adoption Awareness […]

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