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Through Your Child’s Eyes: Create an Adoption Life Book

Creating an adoption life book is a great way to capture the entire story of your child’s adoption, from the phone call or match meeting, to the day you brought him/her home. A life book is essentially a scrapbook created through the eyes of your child. A life book is a visual depiction of your […]

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Pleasant Hill Halloween Costume Contest Winner Revealed!

Announcing our winner for the 2011 Halloween costume contest, undefeated for more than a decade: Hillbilly, Lyn Dawn! When not in costume, Lyn Dawn is the IAC’s Agency Services Manager. Watch her victory song & dance below: To learn more about this hillbilly, read the Summer 2011 issue of Open Adoption. Visit our Facebook page […]

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IAC Launches Open Portrait for Adoption Awareness

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) is excited to launch Open Portrait, a Tumblr blog celebrating lives touched by open adoption. This idea formed when we asked our Facebook fans to post pictures of their favorite captured moments of their children. The photos were heart warming and seeing them in succession painted a wonderful portrait of […]

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IAC Introduces Tomasa Duenas, Open Adoption Counselor

My name is Tomasa Duenas and I am an Open Adoption Counselor (OAC) in the Pleasant Hill office. I have always had an interest in adoption and have been fascinated with the vast amount of love that is present within the entire process. As an OAC I have the privilege of working closely with both […]

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Adoption for Gay Couples Increases

The Associated Press quoted IAC Executive Director, Ann Wrixon, in an article released today. The story focuses on the increase in adoptions by gay male and lesbian families (,0,4860124.story). According to census data analyzed by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, the number of adoptions by same sex couples tripled from 2000 […]

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Meet Elena Ricks, Birthparent Outreach, Southern California

Nice to meet you! I am a 23-year old from Los Angeles, California. I grew up here with my mother, father, younger sister and younger brother. I graduated with honors and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2010, then moved back to Los Angeles, where I live with my family. I also […]

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IAC Introduces Amalia Gratteri, Marketing Associate

For starters, I’m pretty bad at writing about myself because I tend to ramble but here goes! I guess I’ll start with the basics. I have a BA in Psychology and I’m still considering pursuing a Masters in the same field. I have a strong passion for helping others and if I’m not doing something […]

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IAC Introduces Crystal Houchens, MSW, LSW

I recently graduated from the Indiana University School of Social Work and was drawn to the IAC because I have always thought adoptions were beautiful. The more I learned about the IAC and how open our adoptions are the more eager I was to work for the IAC. As an Open Adoption Counselor, I am […]

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Summer Open Adoption Celebrations

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IAC Recognized by Human Rights Campaign for Best Practices with LGBT Families

On Friday September 19, 2010 National Adoption Day, the Human Rights Campaign recognized the Independent Adoption Center for best practices in LGBT-family adoption. “This National Adoption Month we are delighted to recognize the Independent Adoption Center for their commitment to fairness and inclusion in adoption, and for their excellent track record with the LGBT community,” […]

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