Author Archives: Ryan Schwab

For Adoptive Siblings

Editor: This post comes to us from one of our readers, who wanted to share his experiences as a child with adopted siblings. When I was 13 years old, my parents approached me and my siblings and told us that they were going to adopt. We approved unanimously. The younger ones didn’t quite understand the […]

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True Stories of Open Adoption

What is it like to adopt a baby or place your newborn in an adoption? Find out with this new collection of firsthand accounts of real adoption stories. Each family that is created through open adoption has it’s own unique story. Preparation time, wait time, the length of the match between adoptive and birthparents, the […]

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Our Adoption Journey

Editor: For Adoption Awareness Month we asked our families what adoption made them thankful for. Here is a heartfelt response from Candy. The Jensens are an adoptive family from Tracy, CA. Our journey to becoming a family began as newlyweds. Like many other couples, the ‘traditional’ path was not destined for us. Instead, our journey […]

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Childproofing Your Home: From Tots to Teens

Editor: This is a guest post from Elle Aldridge, who was inspired to write for our blog when her family welcomed home two children from Columbia. Please note that this post does not detail any requirements of a homestudy. For more on that subject please see Preparing for a Homestudy. While Thanksgiving is the most […]

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Adoption Grants With HelpUsAdopt

It’s no secret that adoption can be an expensive undertaking. One of our goals here at Independent Adoption Center is to ensure that anyone who wants to adopt can be linked up with the available resources to help make it happen. One of our favorite organizations that does just that is Help Us Adopt. We’re […]

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We’re Adopting! 5 Creative Ways to Spill the Beans

Editors note: This is a guest post by Caroline, a freelance writer based in Western Canada. Across the globe, 17.9 million orphans are waiting for permanent homes. In 2011, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute indicates 9,000 U.S. families made the decision to open their hearts and homes to those children through adoption. If you’ve […]

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Florida’s newest adoption agency: Independent Adoption Center

Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the nation’s leading open adoption agency, has opened the doors at its newest office in Tampa, Florida. Adoptive parents and birthparents in Florida will now have access to the full range of trusted IAC adoption services. The new office is located at 3030 N Rocky Point Drive W, Suite 150, right […]

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Ways to Pay for an Adoption

Editors note: This is a guest post by Phoebe Stevens, a former financial adviser. The average cost of delivering a baby in the U.S. is around $30,000, according to a 2013 study by Truven Health Analytics. You might think that it is less expensive to adopt, but adoption fees can range from a few thousand […]

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6 Tips for a Successful Adoption Facebook Page

Jason & Justin, an IAC waiting family from Nebraska, know a thing or ten about making an adoption Facebook page successful: their page has over 1500 likes! They were generous enough to share some tips on how to mimic their success on their blog recently. Below is an excerpt of their post: Get a Memorable […]

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New Report: More Adoption Training Needed for Mental Health Workers

A common issue faced by members of the adoption triad is a lack of healthcare professionals who truly understand their needs. Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents can face unique challenges related to their adoption experience. When visiting health care professionals such as therapists, psychologists, and social workers, these challenges often go unrecognized or misdiagnosed. In […]

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