Category Archives: Adoptive Families

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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Los Angeles Support Group for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Dads

We recently learned about a new support group for LGBTQ fathers that is taking place weekly in Los Angeles. The information below comes from the sponsoring group (note: IAC is not affiliated with this program, we’re just passing the info along). Project Fatherhood of Children’s Institute, Inc., in conjunction with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian […]

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Celebrating the Holidays After Adopting

An IAC alumni, Heather Cuillier, talks about what the holidays mean to her and how it’s meaning and traditions have changed since adopting: How have holidays changed since adopting your daughter Kendall? Our families have always gotten into the holiday spirit – decorations, trees, parties, food, eating, baking, big family gatherings; so I think having […]

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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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Daddy’s Arms

In this excerpt from a blog post by Jim Thomas, a prospective adoptive father, he warmly reflects on the love he felt from his own father as a child and the love he longs to give to the child he is waiting to hold. While reminiscing about the relationship he once had with his father […]

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Halloween Costume Photo Contest

Calling all Frankenstein Monsters, Princesses, Cats and Cowboys: The Independent Adoption Center is excited to announce our first annual Halloween Costume Photo Contest! The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate at Toys’R’Us. Here are the details: Photo must be of your child in his or her Halloween costume (Please note: By submitting any photos, […]

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