Category Archives: Adoption Resources

Home Study Options in New York

In New York State, you have the option to have a home study completed by a licensed child-placing agency or by a licensed social worker or someone designated by the court. What’s the difference? Flexibility – Many states will not accept a home study unless it has been completed by a licensed, child-placing agency. If […]

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The State of Adoption in the U.S.

Cyma Shapiro, creator of “For Women Over 40,” interviewed the President and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP), Adam Pertman. As one of the leading voices in the field, Adam discusses the trends of open adoption in domestic adoptions, foster adoptions, and international adoptions. As stated by Pertman, “adoptions have been […]

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Interview with an Adoptee Author: A True Insider’s Perspective

We interviewed author and adoptee Sara Crutcher about her children’s book, Heart Picked: Elizabeth’s Adoption Tale. Within its pages are vivid and colorful illustrations that enhance a worthwhile narrative! Sara’s book is sure to be a wonderful learning tool for adoptees and for families considering adoption or who have already adopted. The book addresses some […]

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Traditional Match Versus A Last-Minute Placement

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by IAC’s adoptive parent, Tyler Watson, on the pros and cons of adopting through a last-minute hospital placement vs. through the traditional process of waiting. My family has now gone through two adoptions. When we adopted our son in 2012, we had a last-minute placement. The adoption […]

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Staying Positive in the Midst of Challenges

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by IAC’s waiting adoptive parent, Miriam Wolk, on staying positive regardless of the obstacles thrown in front of you. The past two months have brought my husband and I two tough situations in our adoption journey. In June, we were matched with an expectant mother. We met […]


5 Tips For a Smooth Adoption Letter Process

  Are you about to start putting your adoption letter together? Do you want to have a serious leg up on the competition? Do you want to spend less time doing less work? If you said “yes!” to these questions, I have a few tips I’d like to share with you. There is a lot […]

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How to Refocus Discouragement During a Long Wait

How did I get here? It’s a question you may be asking yourself a lot lately. With this question can come the feelings of discouragement, disappointment and even at times, deep sadness. The fact that you may feel like you keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep ending up in the […]


Taking a Look at Laws on LGBT Adoption

In honor of pride month, you may be thinking a lot about LGBT legal issues. While same-sex marriage is the hot topic that the Supreme Court plans to make a decision about this week, you may be wondering how opinions about LGBT families and adoption will play into this decision, and how such a ruling […]

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Top 10 Things To Do While You Wait

After making it through the home study documents, home visits with your social worker, and spending hours on your Adoption Letter, it can feel amazing to finally have it all completed. Your home study is approved and your Adoption Letter is finished. You’re live. Congratulations! Now what? Review the Client Resource Page & Client Binder: […]

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Benefits of Ongoing Contact

Why open adoption? Why ongoing contact? Why invite strangers into your life and make an agreement stating you will have contact with them for the next 18 years? Won’t they come back and take the child? What if your child wants to go live with them? Won’t your child be confused about who their parent […]

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