Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

Waiting to Adopt: Older Sibling Adoption Books

As your family grows and you decide to adopt again, or for the first time if your child(ren) is/are biological, you need to consider the excitement and anticipation your child(ren) is feeling. It’s important to educate your child(ren) about open adoption and prepare them for his/her newborn baby brother or sister. We’ve found the article [...]

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Waiting to Adopt: Baby Announcements

You’re anticipating the day that you receive “the call”, but what about the day you announce to the world that you have adopted? Every parent wants to show off their newborn baby! Sending out a baby announcement gives you bragging rights, and we want to help you find the perfect one. Our list of online [...]

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Waiting to Adopt: Preparing with Parenting and Adoption Books

How is parenting in open adoption different? Before it’s time to bring your baby home from the hospital it’s very beneficial to read up on what adoptive parenting entails. In open adoption particularly, it is important to consider all sides to the story; your role as adoptive parent(s), the level of openness you want to [...]

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Waiting to Adopt: Selecting Child Care Provider

When your child becomes old enough and you have to go back to work, finding the right child care can be another worry to tackle. Before you start freaking out about finding the perfect situation, we have some tips to help ease your worries! The Baby Center breaks it down into six steps: Identify your [...]

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Waiting to Adopt: Select a Pediatrician

Finding a pediatrician you can trust is important. There are three types of providers to look for: pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners. The first step is in deciding which type of provider you would like for your child and then choosing a pediatrician. It’s a good idea to get to ask questions and [...]

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Toys for Tots at IAC in Pleasant Hill

Our office in Pleasant Hill is supporting the Toys for Tots program by being a drop-off site for Contra Costa County. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new toys during the months of October, November and December and distribute the unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the [...]

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America Adopts! An Open Adoption Meeting Place

is a brand new resource for families pursuing open adoption. America Adopts! functions as a meeting place, offering various services that help prospective adoptive parents put their best foot forward as they reach out to potential birthparents. America Adopts! primary service allows prospective adoptive parents to create a four page adoption profile. Writing and networking [...]

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IAC Food Drive Supports Local Nonprofit

Our office in Pleasant Hill, CA is currently helping out the Bay Area Crisis Nursery by organizing a Food Drive to further support the efforts of this local organization. The Bay Area Crisis Nursery (located in Concord, CA) provides a place to support families who are in stress or crisis due to the abuse and [...]

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Redbook Magazine & RESOLVE Raise Awareness About Infertility

So many women face infertility issues and suffer in silence as they deal with the reality of their struggles to conceive. Now is the time to speak up. Redbook and RESOLVE have partnered to raise awareness about the common infertility issues women face by hosting a tweet chat at 11am PST today and showcasing videos [...]

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E-Zine, MasalaMommas, Interviews IAC Waiting Family

Don Paul & Preetha Bhat are an IAC family pursuing open adoption.  Don and Preetha were recently interviewed by an e-zine for South Asian mothers, called MasalaMommas. The interview touches on their challenges with conceiving and their decision to adopt.  They offer advice on infertility, a closer look into their parenting philosophy and why it [...]

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