Category Archives: Adoption Stories

Big Sister in Adoption: Big Rewards, Big Responsibility

Editor: Lauren is a big-sister to two IAC alumni. In this post she describes her experience with adoption and shares her plan to give back: a fundraiser for IAC at her jewelry boutique. I wasn’t adopted, but my two siblings were. I was 11 when my brother Dylan was born, and was so excited to [...]

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Our Adoption Journey

Editor: For Adoption Awareness Month we asked our families what adoption made them thankful for. Here is a heartfelt response from Candy. The Jensens are an adoptive family from Tracy, CA. Our journey to becoming a family began as newlyweds. Like many other couples, the ‘traditional’ path was not destined for us. Instead, our journey [...]

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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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Celebrating National Adoption Month by Giving Thanks…

November is National Adoption Month, so let’s celebrate! Whether you’re an adoptee, an alumni, (adoptive parents or birthparents) or in the process of adopting, we’d like to hear about your adoption experiences through an open letter.  What has open adoption made you thankful for?  Please share with us some of your most memorable adoption experiences [...]

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A Family Made in Abilene, Texas

Matt & Trey are an adoptive family from Tennessee. When we last shared their story, they had just finished up all their adoption paperwork and had begun the search for their future birthmother. As Trey put it, “Ready, Set, Wait!”. Fast forward to now and we see them in Abilene, Texas, where their son Harper [...]

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The Beauty of Open Adoption

When we set out on our adoption journey, we quickly realized that Open Adoption was the model that felt right for our family. As we moved through the process, we learned that even for those that set out to have an open adoption, not all end up that way. Some birth mother’s “disappear” for awhile [...]

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The Adoption-Process-opedia

Byron and Jonathon are IAC adoptive parents from Texas, and maintain an irreverent and hilarious blog about their adoption journey. Here is an excerpt from the homestudy edition: So we’d decided to become parents through the IAC. Next they had to determine if we would make fit parents. The Spousal Unit and myself are both [...]

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Healing After an Adoption

It took us a while to heal after my husband and I adopted our son. One would think after waiting for four years that we would be elated and all our deep wounds of infertility and childless sorrow would instantaneously go away. Well, it didn’t. We had been through the infertility roller-coaster and were still [...]

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‘Man of Steel’ Tells Superman’s Adoption Story

Did you know Superman was adopted? The latest Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, not only tells the story of adoption, but makes the case for openness in adoption too. IAC client Donal Murphy recently saw the film, and wrote this:   I went to see Man of Steel, the new Superman movie on Sunday with [...]

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The Blessing Wait: A Ceremony for Adoptive Mothers

Here is an excerpt from a post by Cindy McPherson, a current IAC client. She writes about how she decided to do a ceremony to inspire her as she continues along the adoption journey. Last week was the week before my 44th birthday. I had hoped to become a mom this year. A year ago [...]

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