Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

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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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, Karen Zgonc, to both of her sons’ birthmothers.   To my sons’ birthmothers: It’s simple – without you, I would not be a mother. The depth of my gratitude for this simple fact makes me speechless. Being able to […]

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Mother’s Day Series: A Letter to You

Editors Note: The following is the first post for our Mother’s Day series, written by adoptive parent, Shannon Johnson to her child’s birthmother.                 It is all because of you that we get to experience this. The joy and the heart wrenching miracle that is parenthood. Because of […]

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What Annie Has Taught Us About Adoption

Editor’s Note: The following is a post by IAC’s hopeful adoptive parent, Joseph Greaves, and how listening to Annie gave him insight into what open adoption means to him. Last weekend, I decided to roll up my sleeves and do some weeding in the backyard. My husband Benjamin was out performing in a show, The […]

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