Category Archives: Adoption Resources

Writing an Adoption Themed Children’s Book

Editor: IAC alumni Kevin Fletcher-Velasco wrote a children’s book explaining the open adoption process. Below is a guest post from the author with tips and insights he gained along the way: The adoption community strongly encourages each adoptive family to write down their own adoption story. But where do you start? How do you start? [...]

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Talking to Kids About Adopting a Sibling

If you are parenting and planning to expand your family through adoption, your child will likely be very curious about what this means for them and for your family. It is important to prepare your child for an adoptive sibling by discussing what it means with them. Encourage your child to ask questions, and respond [...]

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IAC Adoption Experts Featured on Parenting Website

Our longtime readers know that here at the IAC, as the home of many nationally recognized leaders in adoption, we love to share information and knowledge about adoption in general, and open adoption in particular. So when we learned that a new website would be launching featured instructional videos about all aspects of parenting, we [...]

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What makes adoption difficult?

Few things come to mind when I think about what made my adoption experience difficult. I choose to remember the good things now that I am here on the other side, but if I were honest with myself, then I would remember that there were difficult times during the journey too. I think the number [...]

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What You Need to Know About Creating an Adoption Portfolio

Have you ever wondered what an adoptive parent profile should really include, or maybe even what it shouldn’t? From photos to text, this interview discusses what it takes to build a successful parent profile, and much more. Host Dawn Davenport, of Creating A Family, delves deeper into the details of parent profiles on the weekly [...]

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What is Transracial Adoption?

What is transracial adoption? The basic definition of transracial adoption is an adoptive placement in which the child’s race/ethnicity is different from the adoptive parent’s race/ethnicity. A few years ago, IAC developed an online training for our families considering this type of placement when working on their adoption profile. We found that many of our [...]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Adoption Letter

You’ve joined an adoption agency and completed the paper work. Now it’s time to get the word out about your adoption! Your Adoption Letter (AKA Dear Birthparent Letter) is one of the main tools that you’ll use to reach out to birthmothers and start building your family. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help [...]

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Surviving the Adoption Wait

Ready? Set? Wait! Sound familiar? The beginning stages of the adoption process are full of activity. You are learning about adoption, getting to know your counselor, attending workshops, taking online classes, working on the plethora of home study paperwork, taking the perfect front photo, and refining your Dear Birthparent Letter text for the umpteenth time, [...]

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Childproofing Your Home: From Tots to Teens

Editor: This is a guest post from Elle Aldridge, who was inspired to write for our blog when her family welcomed home two children from Columbia. Please note that this post does not detail any requirements of a homestudy. For more on that subject please see Preparing for a Homestudy. While Thanksgiving is the most [...]

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Adoption Grants With HelpUsAdopt

It’s no secret that adoption can be an expensive undertaking. One of our goals here at Independent Adoption Center is to ensure that anyone who wants to adopt can be linked up with the available resources to help make it happen. One of our favorite organizations that does just that is Help Us Adopt. We’re [...]

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