Category Archives: Adoption News

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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IAC Adoption Expert, Kathleen Silber’s reaction to Today Show Segment

On June 8th, NBC’s Today Show ran a segment called “Today’s Professionals answer viewer questions.” A panel of three “experts” – Donny Deutsch, a former advertising executive, Star Jones, an attorney, and Nancy Snyderman, a physician – answered audience questions on several subjects. A question was asked about the benefits of open vs. closed adoption […]

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New Jersey Legislators to Vote on Religious Adoption Bill

A new law is closer to being passed in New Jersey that would require adoption agencies to maintain a child’s religious upbringing when placing the child in an adoptive or foster home. The bill was authored by Gary Schaer, Assembly member (D-Dist. 36) and has been approved by the Assembly Women and Children Committee. It […]

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Save the Adoption Tax Credit

The IAC stands in full support of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, the result of a number of organizations and institutions who have come together to advocate for a permanent adoption tax credit. The tax credit was introduced in 1997 and has helped thousands of families afford the costs associated with adoption. The goal […]

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