Author Archives: Ryan Schwab

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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IAC Adoption Experts Featured on Parenting Website

Our longtime readers know that here at the IAC, as the home of many nationally recognized leaders in adoption, we love to share information and knowledge about adoption in general, and open adoption in particular. So when we learned that a new website would be launching featured instructional videos about all aspects of parenting, we […]

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An IAC Family Gets an Early Father’s Day Gift

Chris and Thom are an IAC family from Southern California, and brand-new parents of a beautiful baby girl. In the segment below, they tell their adoption story, just in time for Father’s Day. It starts like any other Friday. Morning coffee, off to work, lunch with colleagues. Phone rings – don’t recognize the number. Send […]

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IAC Releases Annual Report 2013

We are happy to announce the release of our Annual Report for 2013. The report is designed to keep all stakeholders informed about the status of the organization. Whether you’re a client, donor, employee, or just a fan, we think you’ll find the information inside valuable and enlightening. Here are some of the highlights: We […]

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When Mother’s Day is Hard

Editor: What struggles do adoptive mothers contend with on Mother’s Day? In the following post, IAC alumni Traci tells her story about facing down her conflicting emotions this past Sunday. Mother’s Day is not always as pretty as a Hallmark card. In fact, for many of us out there, Mother’s Day has a drop (or […]

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