Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

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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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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