Author Archives: Ann Wrixon

Go from “Facebook to Family” in Summer 2011 Issue of Open Adoption

Letter from the Editor: The past few months at the IAC have been eventful. Each office hosted their annual picnic, and two offices participated in their local pride parades to support LGBT adoption. Each event was a success — so thank you to all who attended — it was a joy to see your smiling […]

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HRC Ad Lists IAC and Other Adoption Professionals who Support LGBT Adoption

In the August 2011 issue of Adoptive Families Magazine the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) published an ad celebrating the adoption agencies and professionals across the country who establish policies that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families. IAC is one of the agencies listed in the ad. In 2010 IAC earned HRC’s […]

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Mrs. Alabama Supports Adoption & IAC

Lynn Maggio, Mrs. Alabama International 2011, is working to highlight open adoption and the Independent Adoption Center. She will be competing for the Mrs. International 2011 title in Chicago, Illinois from July 19 to July 23, 2011. Lynn is a mother to five sons. After her second marriage, Lynn was unable to have more biological […]

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IAC Publishes Detailed Wait Time Statistics for Adoptive Placements

The Independent Adoption Center is committed to complete transparency in its operations. Recently, we posted wait times for every adoptive placement the organization has made from 2006 through May 2011. These statistics show the following: The average wait time from when a prospective adoptive family completes all of their pre-adoption paperwork and a child is […]

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“Finding Another Way” to Start a Family

IAC family, Rebecca and Brian Johnson, are profiled in a column for their local newspaper. The article, posted on San Ramon’s Patch.com, talks about their family and their journey to adoption. A truly inspiring story. View the article here.

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IAC is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ Rating

The IAC is now an accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in both Northern and Southern California, and has a national reliability rating of A+. After evaluation by the BBB, IAC contractually agreed to follow the BBB Code of Business Practices. The BBB Code of Business Practices includes the following eight standards: Build Trust: […]

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IAC’s Modern Family

eXpression! Magazine Hawaii recently featured IAC family Bo Frank and Tom Luna, with their sons Saxoni (age 3) and Sakoda (almost 12 months) as the “Modern Family.” Visit the eXpression! Magazine blog to read more. Bo and Tom built their family through both international and domestic adoption. They talk about both adoptions in the article. […]

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Every Child Deserves a Family Bill Reintroduced: Prohibits Discrimination against LGBT Families in Adoption and Foster Care

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) announced today the reintroduction of the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.” The act would prohibit any organization that receives federal funding from discriminating against LGBT families in screening or placement of adoptive or foster children. According to the Family Equality Council, “One in four children in this country is being […]

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Arizona Governor Signs Anti-Gay Adoption Law

On April 18, 2011, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a law that gives married heterosexual couples priority when Arizona adoption agencies are placing children for adoption or foster care. According to a statement issued by Tom Mann, Board Chairman of Equality Arizona, “SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of […]

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Illinois Senate Committee Rejects Bill to Allow Adoption Discrimination against LGBT Families

On April 13, 2011, an Illinois State Senate Committee rejected a proposed law that would have allowed religious organizations to deny services to LGBT families seeking to adopt or foster children. According to the Huffington Post, “The legislation, which was sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Koehler, would have amended the state’s recently passed civil unions […]

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