Author Archives: Ryan Schwab

Adopting Families Find Friends and Mutual Aid

During the adoption wait, many waiting adoptive families feel somewhat isolated from their close friends and family as they deal with the complex emotions that are brought up by the wait. One of the ways people cope with this is to reach out to other waiting families via support groups and online communities. Two current [...]

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Opening up to Open Adoption

Here is an excerpt of a blog post from North Carolina hopeful parents Ethan & Angela. They write about their journey from skepticism regarding openness in adoption to welcoming the idea: When *A* and I first started researching adoption, we had a couple of notions in our heads about what the adoption process and raising [...]

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DOMA is Unconstitutional says Supreme Court, Prop 8 Dismissed

Update: The SCOTUS has dismissed the CA prop 8 case, saying that a private party (the coalition that put prop 8 on the state ballot) did not have the constitutional standing to defend a statue when the State has chosen not to. This means the lower courts’ ruling that prop 8 is unconstitutional will stand. [...]

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‘Man of Steel’ Tells Superman’s Adoption Story

Did you know Superman was adopted? The latest Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, not only tells the story of adoption, but makes the case for openness in adoption too. IAC client Donal Murphy recently saw the film, and wrote this:   I went to see Man of Steel, the new Superman movie on Sunday with [...]

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The Blessing Wait: A Ceremony for Adoptive Mothers

Here is an excerpt from a post by Cindy McPherson, a current IAC client. She writes about how she decided to do a ceremony to inspire her as she continues along the adoption journey. Last week was the week before my 44th birthday. I had hoped to become a mom this year. A year ago [...]

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End Discrimination in Virginia Adoption Law

Last week Virginia Governer Bob McDonell announced the Virginia Adopts Campaign, an effort to find permanent homes for 1,000 of Virginia’s approximately 4,000 children in the foster care system. Independent Adoption Center supports this effort, but we must also point out that Virginia’s “Conscience Clause” law prevents otherwise eligible families from adopting. Signed by Gov. [...]

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Texas HB201: Same-Sex Adoption Birth Certificates

IAC stands in support of Texas House Bill 201, which would amend birth certificate requirements for adoptees. LGBTQ and same-sex families may adopt under current Texas law, but they face a problem at the Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics. Because of a change made to the law in 1997, supplemental birth certificates (used for adoptions [...]

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Ready, Set, Wait

Editor: This is a post from Tennessee IAC clients Matthew and Trey, originally published on The Next Family, a website that promotes and advocates for non-traditional families. Hurry up and wait. I am not sure there is a better phrase to describe the adoption process. There is no known equation to determine how long the [...]

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NOM Smears Chief Justice Roberts Over Adoption

The leader of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that lobbies against equality for LGBTQ people, was recently quoted by AP as saying adoption is “the second-best option”. He was referencing the family of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the father of two adopted children. The quote was meant to prioritize heterosexual families [...]

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Portraits of an Adoption: The Bigger Picture

The Huffington Post invites readers to participate in an online adoption series on their website called “30 Adoption Portraits in 30 days,” featuring a wide collection of stories and real voices that show a diversity of personal experiences from those who have been touched by adoption and the adoption process. It is an adaptation of [...]

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