Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

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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Toys for Tots at IAC in Concord

Do you remember being a kid and you just couldn’t wait until Christmas for a brand new toy! Well now you can make that joy come true for another child! Our office in Concord is supporting the Toys for Tots program by being a drop-off site in Contra Costa County. The Toys for Tots mission […]

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Adoption Awareness Month: I am aware of…

November is Adoption Awareness Month and the Independent Adoption Center is excited to participate in honoring all parties involved in adoption, but we need your help! In celebration of open adoption we want to know what it has made you more aware of, whether you are an adoptee, adoptive parent or birth parent. This is […]

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Concord Office Employee Halloween Costume Contest Winner!

The IAC office in Concord went crazy with Halloween fever! From zombies to school teachers, we showed our Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our photos, included in them are our first place winner Rachael as a prom zombie and second place winner Tomasa, dressed as the queen from Alice in Wonderland. Happy Halloween […]

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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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