Category Archives: Adoption News

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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Rehoming Adoption, and How to Fix It.

IAC is aware of this practice called “re-homing” where families illegally move adopted children (most frequently internationally adopted children) to new families without any oversight from child welfare authorities. Unfortunately, this is only technically illegal if the child crosses state lines as this violates the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). If not, […]

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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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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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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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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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Georgia’s HB-21 Signed Into Law

May 6th was an important day in Georgia state law: HB 21 was signed into law by Governor Deal, making post adoption contract agreements legal in the state of Georgia. This endeavor began earlier this year when Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced the bill after being approached by Judge Michael Key of Troupe County. There […]

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South Korea and Open Adoption

Last week, a production company that produces educational documentaries for a well-known South Korean cable company, YUGA TV, contacted me to discuss open adoption. This was particularly surprising given the history of adoption in South Korea. The producer explained that historically, domestic adoption has not been a common practice in South Korea. Additionally, stigmas related […]

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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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In Memory of Ellen Roseman

We are sad to announce that Ellen Roseman passed away on April 20, 2013 after a long battle with liver cancer. Ellen was an adoptive mother and adoption facilitator in Northern California. She was a dedicated advocate for open adoption for 30 years. She helped educate the world about open adoption (I fondly remember doing […]

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