Category Archives: Adoptive Families

Mother’s Day Series: A Letter to You

Editors Note: The following is the first post for our Mother’s Day series, written by adoptive parent, Shannon Johnson to her child’s birthmother.                 It is all because of you that we get to experience this. The joy and the heart wrenching miracle that is parenthood. Because of […]

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What Annie Has Taught Us About Adoption

Editor’s Note: The following is a post by IAC’s hopeful adoptive parent, Joseph Greaves, and how listening to Annie gave him insight into what open adoption means to him. Last weekend, I decided to roll up my sleeves and do some weeding in the backyard. My husband Benjamin was out performing in a show, The […]

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Out in Open Adoption

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a story written by Davidson Lloyd, an adoptive parent and one of the first gay couples to adopt through the Independent Adoption Center. “Oh, you’re a gay couple,” a cynic said, “you’ll wait a long time to adopt a child.” Many times in the journey of our […]

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The Gift of Two

Editor’s Note: In this post, adoptive parents Maura Montellano & Kat Wetherbee, talk about how they adopted twice from the same birthmother, and the bond they all share. June 22, 2010, and July 25, 2013, will always be milestones for my wife, Katherine, and I. They are the dates when we learned we’d be mothers. […]

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Try, Try Again

Editor’s Note: IAC’s hopeful waiting adoptive parent, Ana Ogilvie, shares how her and her husband never gave up on trying in the face of adversity. My husband, David, and I have a love affair with TRYING. No matter the disappointment, we have always found ways to pick ourselves up from the fall, grasp hands in […]

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An Adoptive Parent Nightmare

Editor’s Note: In this reflective post, Traci Pirri, an adoptive mother, shares what it’s like to experience her child longing to be with her birthmother. The day my oldest decided to tell me she wished she could live with her birth mother just about broke my heart, but, thankfully, wound up bringing us closer together. […]

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Life Can Change On a Dime

Editor’s Note: In this touching and candid post, Traci Pirri, an adoptive mother, shares her story about meeting her expectant mother for the first time. Recently, I have been feeling a little stuck. There seemed to be too many fires going at once and too little water to put them all out. The result was […]

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Marriage Equality & Raising a Child

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by hopeful adoptive parents, Carrie & Sarah Reinhardt about their thoughts and experiences involving the recent decision by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriages. When IAC asked if we wanted to do a blog post for them, we jumped at the opportunity to share our thoughts, experiences, […]

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Patience Is Not Just a Virtue

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by one of IAC’s waiting adoptive mothers, Shannon Guindin. …it’s a way of life. Waiting is hard. Waiting for something you have no idea the time frame on is even harder. We have been in circulation with IAC for almost eight weeks. I know, not a long […]

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Having a Tribe – Why the IAC Means More to Me Now Than Ever

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by one of IAC’s adoptive mothers, Anne Reed. Four years ago, when we finally made the leap to join an adoption agency, we did a decent amount of research and landed with the IAC. We, as many others do, went into adoption with very little knowledge. When […]

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