Category Archives: Adoption Resources

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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6 Things You Must Know About Birthparent Letter Design

In her 2011 book, 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D. combines her favorite psychology theories, concepts, and research about people along with her experience in interface design in order to help designers develop more intuitive and engaging products that match the way that we read, think, and interact […]

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We’re Adopting! 5 Creative Ways to Spill the Beans

Editors note: This is a guest post by Caroline, a freelance writer based in Western Canada. Across the globe, 17.9 million orphans are waiting for permanent homes. In 2011, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute indicates 9,000 U.S. families made the decision to open their hearts and homes to those children through adoption. If you’ve […]

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Waiting for Adoption

By the time you decide to start the adoption journey, you may have already been waiting to become parents for a long time. When you finally sign an agency contract, pay some fees and are ready to start: then comes more waiting. There is waiting for paperwork to be completed, home studies to be scheduled, […]

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Preparing for a Home Study: What You Need to Know

The first thing to keep in mind when preparing for the home study portion of the adoption process is to realize that we are not trying to exclude or disqualify a family from adopting.  We want you to adopt! Most issues that would disqualify a family from adopting are found before the actual home study […]

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Ways to Pay for an Adoption

Editors note: This is a guest post by Phoebe Stevens, a former financial adviser. The average cost of delivering a baby in the U.S. is around $30,000, according to a 2013 study by Truven Health Analytics. You might think that it is less expensive to adopt, but adoption fees can range from a few thousand […]

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6 Tips for a Successful Adoption Facebook Page

Jason & Justin, an IAC waiting family from Nebraska, know a thing or ten about making an adoption Facebook page successful: their page has over 1500 likes! They were generous enough to share some tips on how to mimic their success on their blog recently. Below is an excerpt of their post: Get a Memorable […]

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8 Simple Ways to Make Your Birthmother Letter Stand Out

For families seeking to adopt, it can be hard to decide what to focus on when writing a Birthmother Letter. For birth mothers, reading through multiple profiles while considering the options for her and her child’s future can be similarly challenging. Here are a few tips to help adoptive families develop a letter that rises […]

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Saying Farewell to the Crib and Hello to the Big-kid Bed

Most toddlers can physically climb out of their crib by the time they’re 35 inches tall, although some adventurous toddlers master crib escape sooner. Dr. Mark Widome, professor of pediatrics in Hershey, Pa., encourages parents to transition climbing toddlers out of their crib and into a toddler bed for safety reasons. You’ll also want to […]

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