Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

IAC Family Adopts Despite Obstacles

Any waiting adoptive family knows that with adoption, you never know how or when that moment of adopting will come, you can only prepare for the time that moment arrives. For Jason Holling & Justin Karas, this couldn’t be more true. After starting their adoption journey in 2013 they were contacted by a birthmother who […]

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Finding Balance In The Present Moments

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by one of IAC’s waiting adoptive parents, Sarah Farrar, on living in the present moment, and finding the fun in the days pre-adoption. In the adoption wait, you are your own worst enemy. The easiest person to blame for a longer wait is yourself. This is a […]

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To The Person Who Allowed me To Be A Parent

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you plan them, but it all works out the way it was meant to and on the path you were meant to travel. This couldn’t be more true for Dan Walter and his wife, Melanie Jameson. Former IAC clients, they faced some unforeseen circumstances and had to change […]

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Traditional Match Versus A Last-Minute Placement

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by IAC’s adoptive parent, Tyler Watson, on the pros and cons of adopting through a last-minute hospital placement vs. through the traditional process of waiting. My family has now gone through two adoptions. When we adopted our son in 2012, we had a last-minute placement. The adoption […]

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Staying Positive in the Midst of Challenges

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by IAC’s waiting adoptive parent, Miriam Wolk, on staying positive regardless of the obstacles thrown in front of you. The past two months have brought my husband and I two tough situations in our adoption journey. In June, we were matched with an expectant mother. We met […]

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Managing The “Mom Factor” As Same-Sex Parents

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by one of IAC’s waiting adoptive couples, Lance Klug & Juan Beltran, on being two dads and fulfilling the “mom role” as parents. “Which one of you is the mom?” It hasn’t happened yet, but judging from all of the literature I’ve read in the first year […]

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Project Nursery

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by one of IAC’s waiting adoptive couples, Chris Hargrove and Troy Turnipseed. As we continue to put ourselves, our life and our journey into the universe for a birthmother to connect with us through open adoption, we are taking advantage of the “wait time” and directing our […]

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Creating Your Own Adoption Video

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by hopeful adoptive parents, David & Ana Ogilvie, with tips on doing your own adoption video. My husband, David, and I are a waiting adoptive family with IAC. One of the ways we’ve decided to break up the wait AND help get us out there a little […]

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When to Prepare the Nursery

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by one of IAC’s waiting adoptive couples, James & Darian Turner. “When to prepare the nursery?” It’s a question every hopeful adoptive parent must answer during the adoption wait. For some families, nesting right away feels natural and can even be therapeutic. The adoption process is so […]

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Mother’s Day Series: A Letter to You

Editors Note: The following is a post for our Mother’s Day series, written by adoptive parent, Sara, to her daughter’s birthmother. To Our Daughter’s Birth Mother, This was the first Mother’s Day I celebrated, and it is because of you. I know the decision you made to place your daughter with us wasn’t for me. […]

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