Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

Handling the Wait

Editor’s Note: The following is a post written by IAC’s adoptive mother, Kim Fagan-Wiseman about the wait and open adoption. The room is put together. The teddy bears are sitting patiently to be cuddled. You are ready to pack your vehicle in less than an hour. Yes, it’s that one moment; the moment you realize […]

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Life Can Change On a Dime

Editor’s Note: In this touching and candid post, Traci Pirri, an adoptive mother, shares her story about meeting her expectant mother for the first time. Recently, I have been feeling a little stuck. There seemed to be too many fires going at once and too little water to put them all out. The result was […]

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Marriage Equality & Adopting

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by hopeful adoptive parents, Carrie & Sarah Reinhardt about their thoughts and experiences involving the recent decision by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriages. When IAC asked if we wanted to do a blog post for them, we jumped at the opportunity to share our thoughts, experiences, […]

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We’re nearing that time of year again of giving thanks and giving back and it’s never too early to start! The Concord office has already begun our support for the Toys for Tots program this year and have received our box this week to become a drop-off site for Contra Costa County. The Toys for […]

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Instagram – Picture Open Adoption

Do you love pictures of babies, families and everything open adoption? Well now you can see all of that right on your phone! The Independent Adoption Center recently became hip to the wonderful world of Instagram and we have created an account. We will be posting everything open adoption related, from family pictures and adoption […]

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IAC’s Adoption Poetry Contest

Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s National Poetry Month, so let’s see what you can do! In honor of National Poetry Month the Independent Adoption Center is having a poetry contest! All adoptive parents (current and alumni) and birthparents are welcome to submit poetry about adoption. Whether it is your experience placing, waiting to […]

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Independent Adoption Center Expands to Connecticut

On February 27, 2013, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) licensed The Independent Adoption Center to provide adoption services in the state of Connecticut. IAC  is a full service adoption agency for both birth and adoptive families. The agency provides non-directive counseling, home study, outreach and placement, termination of parental rights, post-placement supervision, and […]

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Announcing IAC’s Mobile Apps for iOS, Android

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) released a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices last week. On Android devices search for “Open Adoption.” On iOS search for “Adoption Help.” The app provides important adoption resources and search features for potential birthparents and families seeking to adopt. Potential birthparents can search for families interested in […]

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IAC Holiday Card Contest Winner

IAC is proud to announce our 2012 Holiday Card Contest winner, 9 year old Danielle Diaz! It was a tough decision but her depiction of the holidays and heart warming slogan “Adoption is Love” won our hearts over. Thank you all so much for your submissions and we hope to see everyone participate again next […]

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IAC Holiday Card Contest

The holidays are here and it’s time to celebrate and spread the love this time of year! In honor of the children who have been placed through open adoption we’re having our annual holiday card contest. Adoptees who are 17 and under can submit a drawing celebrating the holidays and the new year for the […]

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