Category Archives: Adoptive Families

The Open Adoption Hospital Plan

Why is it important to create a hospital plan in an open adoption? What should adoptive and birthparents prepare for? Last week, IAC’s Dr. Jennifer Bliss joined the Creating a Family radio show to discuss the different issues and concerns that a good hospital plan can help to address. Dr. Bliss was joined by Rebecca [...]

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What You Need to Know About Creating an Adoption Portfolio

Have you ever wondered what an adoptive parent profile should really include, or maybe even what it shouldn’t? From photos to text, this interview discusses what it takes to build a successful parent profile, and much more. Host Dawn Davenport, of Creating A Family, delves deeper into the details of parent profiles on the weekly [...]

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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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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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Are Babies Too Distracting?

The Murphy’s are a current IAC adoptive family from San Leandro. They’ve been to several support groups, and Donal Murphy has written a modest proposal for future meetings: My wife and I have been attending the monthly support group meetings at our adoption agency, Independent Adoption Center (IAC), to keep fresh and up-to-date on some [...]

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Adopting Families Find Friends and Mutual Aid

During the adoption wait, many waiting adoptive families feel somewhat isolated from their close friends and family as they deal with the complex emotions that are brought up by the wait. One of the ways people cope with this is to reach out to other waiting families via support groups and online communities. Two current [...]

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Opening up to Open Adoption

Here is an excerpt of a blog post from North Carolina hopeful parents Ethan & Angela. They write about their journey from skepticism regarding openness in adoption to welcoming the idea: When *A* and I first started researching adoption, we had a couple of notions in our heads about what the adoption process and raising [...]

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How to Pick an Adoption Agency

When you begin to look for adoption agencies, how do you know which agency is right for you?  There is a great deal of variation between agencies: their services, their costs, and their philosophies about adoption.  Here are a few things that you should consider when making your decision. 1. Know the differences in the [...]

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