Category Archives: Adoption Stories

Destiny Fulfilled: Single Woman Becomes an Adoptive Mother

Darlene recently adopted a newborn baby girl through the IAC after a 37 month wait. Her story of perseverance is told in a two part series in the San Ramon Patch. Part one, published today, details what led her to adoption in the first place. Part two, coming out tomorrow, will chart her struggles and […]

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Midlife Parenting

My name is Kelli Suchy and I am honored to be a guest blogger here. I am a Domestic Open Adoption Coach and a midlife adoptive mom. Midlife motherhood is a topic near and dear to my heart because the birth of my daughter, Ariel Faith, came six days after I turned 45. (We have […]

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People Magazine on Adoption Grants, and the IAC Dads Who Received One

What happens when you decide you want to adopt but you don’t have the financial means to finally complete your dream of having a family? Enter Becky Fawcett. In a recent article done by People Magazine, in the “Heroes Among Us” section, three stories of adoptive parents tell how one woman gave them the chance […]

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Mrs. Alabama Supports Adoption & IAC

Lynn Maggio, Mrs. Alabama International 2011, is working to highlight open adoption and the Independent Adoption Center. She will be competing for the Mrs. International 2011 title in Chicago, Illinois from July 19 to July 23, 2011. Lynn is a mother to five sons. After her second marriage, Lynn was unable to have more biological […]

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IAC’s Modern Family

eXpression! Magazine Hawaii recently featured IAC family Bo Frank and Tom Luna, with their sons Saxoni (age 3) and Sakoda (almost 12 months) as the “Modern Family.” Visit the eXpression! Magazine blog to read more. Bo and Tom built their family through both international and domestic adoption. They talk about both adoptions in the article. […]

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Open Adoption Reality Show “Adoption Diaries” on WeTV

Adoption Diaries originally aired on Women’s Entertainment Television on September 12, 2009. Starring Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at the Independent Adoption Center, the series gracefully reveals the truth of open adoption, in which the birthmother chooses and meets the adoptive family and keeps communication open throughout the child’s life. Though over […]

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Meryl’s Top 10 List: Strategies for Parenting at a Certain Age

When we told family and friends we were adopting, many called us brave. Here are a few of the strategies that help us manage mature parenthood with grace: #10 Say “Yes!” When someone you trust offers to watch your little one “sometime”, schedule it! You need personal time, and mommy/daddy weekends away are essential for […]

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Adoption Scams: Protecting Yourself

What is an adoption scam? More importantly, how can you protect yourself from con artists who prey on adoptive families hoping to adopt? Unfortunately, there are both criminals as well as lonely, perhaps mentally ill, people who run adoption scams. There are two types of scams, emotional and financial. Both types of scammers pretend they […]

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Why Open Adoption? Part IV: An Open Adoption

After searching for more than a decade, I found my daughter’s birthmother. My daughter met her birthmother for the first time shortly after her twelfth birthday. Her birthmother is a kind, wonderful woman, who has allowed us to be part of her life in ways I never would have dreamed. She has provided my daughter/her […]

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Why Open Adoption? Part III: My Daughter Meets Her Birthmother

After searching for eleven and a half years, I have finally found my daughter’s birthmother. Sobbing I call my husband to tell him the news. We agree to wait until after the piano recital to tell our daughter. Driving her to the recital, I struggle to listen and talk about the upcoming performance. It is […]

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