Category Archives: Adoption News

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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Georgia’s HB 21: Post Adoption Contracts

Georgia House Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced a bill in February 2013 that would, if passed, make post adoption contract agreements in Georgia legally binding. Her interest in initiating this bill stemmed from Judge Michael Key, out of Troup County, who’s experience in the courts led him to believe this would be beneficial. The interest […]

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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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Independent Adoption Center Expands to Connecticut

On February 27, 2013, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) licensed The Independent Adoption Center to provide adoption services in the state of Connecticut. IAC  is a full service adoption agency for both birth and adoptive families. The agency provides non-directive counseling, home study, outreach and placement, termination of parental rights, post-placement supervision, and […]

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Announcing IAC’s Mobile Apps for iOS, Android

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) released a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices last week. On Android devices search for “Open Adoption.” On iOS search for “Adoption Help.” The app provides important adoption resources and search features for potential birthparents and families seeking to adopt. Potential birthparents can search for families interested in […]

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Open Adoption is the Answer to Many Issues Raised by ICWA

The New York Times recently asked a group of experts to comment on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) that the Supreme Court will be reviewing this session. In early January 2013, Court agreed to review a South Carolina court’s decision to return custody of a 27-month old child to her biological father who was […]

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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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U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 2013

On Friday January 4, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a South Carolina court’s decision to return custody of a 27-month old child to her biological father who was an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe. They made this decision with a “heavy heart” because the child had lived with her adoptive non-Indian […]

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