Author Archives: Ryan Schwab

Texas Changes Course on LGBT Adoptions

In Texas, the Department of State Health Services has revised its policy to recognize same-sex adoptions. As of August 12th, LGBT couples can now receive amended birth certificates for their children with both parents names listed. This reversal in policy comes after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was ordered to appear before a judge at […]

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Today Marriage Equality, Tomorrow Adoption Equality!

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court cleared the way for LGBTQ marriage equality across the United States! In their 5-4 decision, the Justices declared that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional because they violate the 14th Amendment which provides equal protection under the law. President Obama quickly delivered a speech from the Rose Garden, in […]

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Open Adoption on Raleigh’s CW

IAC Raleigh’s Branch Director, Niketa Frazier, recently appeared on the CW network to explain Open Adoption. During the segment, she lists some of the ways in which open adoption is different from traditional adoption. Open Adoption: Creates a relationship between birthparents and adoptive parents. Allows birthparents to choose the family to raise their child. Includes […]

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New Study: Open Adoption is Best!

For almost 30 years, the Minnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project has been studying the effects of openness on adoptees, birthparents, and adoptive parents. In an article published earlier this year, MTARP lead researcher Dr. Grotevant reports the findings show open adoption to be beneficial for all members of the adoption triad. The MTARP study began in […]

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Transgender Parents Report Positive Parenting Experience

A new report from UCLA’s Williams Institute found that many transgender adults are parents, and they mainly report good and positive experiences as parents, despite discrimination they face. The report examined the findings of 51 studies and also found children raised by transgender parents have good outcomes, with no impacts on developmental milestones. The findings […]

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How to Discuss Birthparents with Your Child

Last month Dr. Jennifer Bliss was the featured guest on the Creating A Family radio show covering the topic of talking with children about their birthparents. As IAC’s National Associate Counseling Director, this is a subject Dr. Bliss is very familiar with. Some of the questions answered in the course of the conversation were: At […]

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A Birth Mother’s Thoughts on Her First Visit

Ongoing contact in an open adoption is healthy for all members of the adoption triad, as shown by all the significant research. Even so, just as in any long-term relationship, maintaining this contact can have both wonderful moments and challenging ones. Some families feel awkward and nervous as they make plans for their first post-placement […]

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Writing an Adoption Themed Children’s Book

Editor: IAC alumni Kevin Fletcher-Velasco wrote a children’s book explaining the open adoption process. Below is a guest post from the author with tips and insights he gained along the way: The adoption community strongly encourages each adoptive family to write down their own adoption story. But where do you start? How do you start? […]

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Talking to Kids About Adopting a Sibling

If you are parenting and planning to expand your family through adoption, your child will likely be very curious about what this means for them and for your family. It is important to prepare your child for an adoptive sibling by discussing what it means with them. Encourage your child to ask questions, and respond […]

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Birthmom: To the Woman I Didn’t Pick

Editor: In this heartfelt letter, a birthmother shares her feelings with the family she almost chose. From Blessings in a Basket: To the beautiful woman that I didn’t pick, I want you to know that I think about you often. I want you to know that I loved your family. I want you to know […]

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