Category Archives: birthparents

To The Person Who Allowed me To Be A Parent

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you plan them, but it all works out the way it was meant to and on the path you were meant to travel. This couldn’t be more true for Dan Walter and his wife, Melanie Jameson. Former IAC clients, they faced some unforeseen circumstances and had to change […]

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What About the Birthfathers?

As one of the adoption counselors at IAC I constantly share tidbits of my personal adoption experience with current and prospective clients. My two children (now young adults) have the same birthmother with three bio-siblings and my daughter placed a baby in an open adoption several years ago. I am very impressed with my daughter […]

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Mother’s Day Series: A Letter to You

Editors Note: The following is a post for our Mother’s Day series, written by adoptive parent, Sara, to her daughter’s birthmother. To Our Daughter’s Birth Mother, This was the first Mother’s Day I celebrated, and it is because of you. I know the decision you made to place your daughter with us wasn’t for me. […]

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Mother’s Day Series: A Letter to You

Editors Note: The following is a post for our Mother’s Day series, written by adoptive parent, Karen Zgonc, to both of her sons’ birthmothers.   To my sons’ birthmothers: It’s simple – without you, I would not be a mother. The depth of my gratitude for this simple fact makes me speechless. Being able to […]

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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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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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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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