Category Archives: Adoption Stories

Breastfeeding Jasper: An Adoptive Mother’s Story

For the last five months, I’ve been feeding my adopted son Jasper at my breast, something that surprises many people, and which even still surprises me occasionally. But the experience has been one of the most rewarding of my life, and I would like to share what I’ve learned with others who might be contemplating [...]

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Adoption: What is the Red Thread of Fate?

Some may wonder what really brings those that we’re closest to together in life. This can especially be true with adoption and the special way that families are brought together.  An interesting and thoughtful explanation is the Red Thread of Fate from Chinese culture. Adoptee and adoptive parent Meika Rouda shares the wonderful way she first [...]

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Ready, Set, Wait

Editor: This is a post from Tennessee IAC clients Matthew and Trey, originally published on The Next Family, a website that promotes and advocates for non-traditional families. Hurry up and wait. I am not sure there is a better phrase to describe the adoption process. There is no known equation to determine how long the [...]

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Portraits of an Adoption: The Bigger Picture

The Huffington Post invites readers to participate in an online adoption series on their website called “30 Adoption Portraits in 30 days,” featuring a wide collection of stories and real voices that show a diversity of personal experiences from those who have been touched by adoption and the adoption process. It is an adaptation of [...]

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IAC Alumni on The Long Road to Family

IAC Alumni Joe Pinchot and Judi Swogger recently wrote about their journey through the Foster care system to complete their family. Their article appeared in The Sharon Herald and is reproduced in part here: When we started our second adoption journey, we thought a lot about the result of our first one – our son, [...]

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Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming…

In this excerpt from a blog post by Amy Thomas, a prospective adoptive mother, she beautifully describes the analogy of waiting in relation to the movie “Finding Nemo.” She finds a lesson in the mantra repeatedly spoken by the character Dora, and sees that the path of waiting not only requires trust and faith, but [...]

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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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Baseball Legends and Adoption

With baseball season in full swing, we thought this week to highlight a couple famous baseball sluggers that were both part of adoptive families.   Babe Ruth – George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), best known as “Babe” Ruth and nicknamed “the Bambino” and “the Sultan of Swat”, was an [...]

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Mariska Hargitay Adoption Interview

In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, actress Mariska Hargitay reveals her painful adoption journey that eventually led to two successful infant adoptions, just six months apart. She discusses various defining moments in the adoption process; the dreaded wait, the instant bond formed with a birth mother, the heartbreak of an unlikely adoption reclaim, considering [...]

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My Adoption Library

I went to a workshop a few years ago where we had one poster, six markers and five minutes to tell our life story. I drew a book, which looked more like a butterfly, and told the story of my life in one-sentence chapters. A book worked as a metaphor for the assignment, but I [...]

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