Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

Daddy’s Arms

In this excerpt from a blog post by Jim Thomas, a prospective adoptive father, he warmly reflects on the love he felt from his own father as a child and the love he longs to give to the child he is waiting to hold. While reminiscing about the relationship he once had with his father […]

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Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming…

In this excerpt from a blog post by Amy Thomas, a prospective adoptive mother, she beautifully describes the analogy of waiting in relation to the movie “Finding Nemo.” She finds a lesson in the mantra repeatedly spoken by the character Dora, and sees that the path of waiting not only requires trust and faith, but […]

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Save the Adoption Tax Credit

The IAC stands in full support of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, the result of a number of organizations and institutions who have come together to advocate for a permanent adoption tax credit. The tax credit was introduced in 1997 and has helped thousands of families afford the costs associated with adoption. The goal […]

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The Wait to Adopt & Preparing for Baby

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“OutRaleigh, May 5th 2012 — All Families Matter!”

The Independent Adoption Center is gearing up to participate in OutRaleigh this Saturday, May 5th. OutRaleigh is a street festival hosted by the LGBT Center of Raleigh. It’s a day long celebration that attracts local businesses, organizations, and residents who support the LGBT community. There will be a main stage for performances as well as […]

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Using Pinterest to Share and Discover Open Adoption

The Independent Adoption Center is happy to announce that we’ve joined the enormously popular Pinterest community! We’ve already started a few boards: Open Adoption, containing our favorite adoption related quotes and gifts; Books Worth Reading, full of insightful literature on open adoption; and It’s a boy!/It’s a girl! boards with announcement and gift ideas and […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Prepare a first aid kit specifically for children

Celebrating the arrival of your child is an exciting time, but it’s also important to be prepared for emergencies that can occur. Having a first aid kit on hand will help ensure the safety of your child should the unexpected happen. If time allows, we recommend assembling the first aid kit ahead of time. To […]

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Single Adoptive Mother, Edie Falco, Talks to Her Kids About Being Adopted

Edith “Edie” Falco is best known for her role as Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos but she also plays the role of a  single mom to two adopted children, ages four and eight. She talks openly and very simply to them about their adoptions. But she realizes that at their young ages neither her son […]

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Katherine Heigl: Bonding with her Adopted Baby

Katherine Heigl is a renowned actress known for her roles in “The Ugly Truth” and “Knocked Up,” just to name a few. But now she also holds the title of mother to her daughter Naleigh adopted in 2009 from South Korea. It was something she knew she always wanted to do and made sure that […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Planning a Welcome Home Celebration

Bringing your baby home means it’s time to celebrate! Depending on your situation you may or may not be ready to celebrate the very day you bring your baby home, but having the baby welcomed by family and/or friends can be very helpful. They can stock your home with all the essentials — including a […]

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