Category Archives: Adoption News

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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The Web Makes Open Adoption “Inevitable”

“Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption” released by the Evan P. Donaldson Institute on December 13, 2012 is a comprehensive overview of both best practice in adoption and the impact that the Web is having on that practice, both for good and ill. Perhaps the most pertinent finding is that families must [...]

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One Million Moms Attacks ABC Over LGBT Adoption

One Million Moms, a project started by The American Family Association (AFA), a non-profit conservative Christian Fundamentalist group based in Mississippi, is protesting Jennifer Lopez’ new ABC television show, “The Fosters”, because its theme portrays a lesbian couple bringing up their adopted children.  They issued a statement on their website and we would like to [...]

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Adoption Awareness Month: I am aware of…

November is Adoption Awareness Month and the Independent Adoption Center is excited to participate in honoring all parties involved in adoption, but we need your help! In celebration of open adoption we want to know what it has made you more aware of, whether you are an adoptee, adoptive parent or birth parent. This is [...]

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In Support of Open Records for Adult Adoptees & Open Adoption

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the largest open adoption agency in the US, strongly supports open records for adult adoptees. The IAC believes that every person should be able to access his or her original birth certificate and family records. The IAC advocates changing the state laws, where needed, so that all adopted individuals have [...]

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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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Study finds progress in acceptance of same-sex adoption

A recent study reported that 71% of people approve of adoption by same-sex couples. The study was conducted by Lightspeed research and asked just over a thousand people (ages 18-49) about different scenarios and reasons for adoption. Out of the thousand who were surveyed, according to a press release, 73% of women and 62% of [...]

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