Category Archives: birthparents

Birthmom: To the Woman I Didn’t Pick

Editor: In this heartfelt letter, a birthmother shares her feelings with the family she almost chose. From Blessings in a Basket: To the beautiful woman that I didn’t pick, I want you to know that I think about you often. I want you to know that I loved your family. I want you to know […]

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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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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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Adoption in the Media: ‘Modern Family’ Season Finale

It’s not uncommon for TV shows to throw in a surprise twist for their season finale. The same could be said of the ABC hit comedy Modern Family a couple weeks ago. The episode brought the adoption storyline of Cam and Mitchell back to life as the two received notice from their adoption agency that […]

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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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Birthmother’s Day Tips for Adoptive Parents

Birthmother’s Day is this Saturday, May 7th, the day before Mother’s Day! What can adoptive parents do to show they care?

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Media Spotlight – Part 3 of 3

Managing A Twitter Account Twitter can be very effective at disseminating information widely and rapidly, but it can also be very overwhelming, as there are hundreds of tweets made per minute. Also with the invention of Twitter has come a whole slew of new vocab terms to learn. Visit the Twitter Help Center for a […]

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Birthparents and Poverty

Birthparents choose adoption for a wide variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include feeling emotionally unprepared to parent, a desire to finish high school or college, or feeling unable to parent without a partner. One of the most troublesome reasons for an adoptive placement is poverty. In voluntary adoptions, most adoptive parents rightly balk […]

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Birthfather Rights

Birthfathers have rights, but the extent of those rights varies according to the state where the baby is born. It is essential to find out what the law is in the state where the child is born. In most states, a birthfather that is married to the birthmother has equal rights to the child. What […]

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Why Open Adoption Agreements?

Imagine that, in their excitement before the birth of the baby, adoptive parents tell the birthmother “Get in touch anytime.” They are thinking about receiving a few emails while she interprets “anytime” to mean monthly visits. These very different ideas about open adoption can cause anger and disappointment on both sides. It is scenarios like […]

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