Author Archives: Ryan Schwab

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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The Adoption-Process-opedia

Byron and Jonathon are IAC adoptive parents from Texas, and maintain an irreverent and hilarious blog about their adoption journey. Here is an excerpt from the homestudy edition: So we’d decided to become parents through the IAC. Next they had to determine if we would make fit parents. The Spousal Unit and myself are both […]

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Are Babies Too Distracting?

The Murphy’s are a current IAC adoptive family from San Leandro. They’ve been to several support groups, and Donal Murphy has written a modest proposal for future meetings: My wife and I have been attending the monthly support group meetings at our adoption agency, Independent Adoption Center (IAC), to keep fresh and up-to-date on some […]

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Tax Reform Must Preserve Adoption Tax Credit

Our friends over at Save The Adoption Tax Credit working group have put out an action alert in response to upcoming tax reform efforts in the Senate. In late June Senators were informed that the Joint Committee on Taxation would be starting their work with a blank slate, and were asked to submit their own […]

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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. OneĀ of the ways people cope with this is to reach out to other waiting families via support groups and online communities. Two current IAC […]

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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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