Author Archives: Ryan Schwab

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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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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Los Angeles Support Group for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Dads

We recently learned about a new support group for LGBTQ fathers that is taking place weekly in Los Angeles. The information below comes from the sponsoring group (note: IAC is not affiliated with this program, we’re just passing the info along). Project Fatherhood of Children’s Institute, Inc., in conjunction with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian [...]

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Adoption Tax Credit Made Permanent, Non-Refundable

Congress made the Adoption Tax Credit permanent last week as part of the legislation to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 last Wednesday, January 2nd, preventing the Adoption Tax Credit from expiring. The legislation allows the credit to scale up with inflation. Here are the highlights [...]

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IAC Alumni on The Long Road to Family

IAC Alumni Joe Pinchot and Judi Swogger recently wrote about their journey through the Foster care system to complete their family. Their article appeared in The Sharon Herald and is reproduced in part here: When we started our second adoption journey, we thought a lot about the result of our first one – our son, [...]

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IAC partners with Adoptimist

The IAC is happy to announce a partnership with Adoptimist.com wherein all IAC families receive a 15% discount on paid membership plans. Adoptimist offers a smart and affordable option for adoptive parents looking to quickly improve their exposure and visibility to expectant mothers who are considering adoption. Within minutes of joining, you can easily build [...]

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Kathleen Silber Responds to Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune recently wrote an article about open adoption agreements. The author quoted several adoption experts and families, including IAC’s own Kathleen Silber, citing their views on whether open adoption agreements should be legally enforceable. Here are some additional thoughts from Kathleen on the subject: Open adoption agreements are legally enforceable in an [...]

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