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Opening Our Hearts to Open Adoption

I truly believe that one of the biggest reasons I am on this Earth is to be a mom. As the oldest of five children, I grew up nurturing and protecting my younger siblings. Now, as a kindergarten teacher, my days are filled with hugs and Band-Aids. It wasn’t long after Scott and I met, […]

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Toys for Tots at IAC in Pleasant Hill

Our office in Pleasant Hill is supporting the Toys for Tots program by being a drop-off site for Contra Costa County. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new toys during the months of October, November and December and distribute the unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the […]

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Ten Things Adoptive Parents and Birthmoms Have in Common

When Cecilia and I decided to go the open adoption route, we knew that part of the adventure would be getting to know the birthmother who chose us. But after feeling like a human science experiment while undergoing fertility treatment and subsequently miscarrying twins, my usually strong self-esteem took a nosedive. Every time the IAC […]

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Midlife Parenting

My name is Kelli Suchy and I am honored to be a guest blogger here. I am a Domestic Open Adoption Coach and a midlife adoptive mom. Midlife motherhood is a topic near and dear to my heart because the birth of my daughter, Ariel Faith, came six days after I turned 45. (We have […]

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Celebrity “Guncles” Reach Out to Prospective Adoptive Parents

New dads, Scout Masterson & Bill Horn, also known as, The Guncles, on Oxygen’s hit reality show, “Tori & Dean Home Sweet Hollywood” have started an adoption mentoring service called “Hold My Hand” to answer questions prospective parents have concerning adoption and parenting. Scout and Bill adopted their daughter, Simone, just over a year ago […]

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America Adopts! An Open Adoption Meeting Place

is a brand new resource for families pursuing open adoption. America Adopts! functions as a meeting place, offering various services that help prospective adoptive parents put their best foot forward as they reach out to potential birthparents. America Adopts! primary service allows prospective adoptive parents to create a four page adoption profile. Writing and networking […]

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Pleasant Hill Halloween Costume Contest Winner Revealed!

Announcing our winner for the 2011 Halloween costume contest, undefeated for more than a decade: Hillbilly, Lyn Dawn! When not in costume, Lyn Dawn is the IAC’s Agency Services Manager. Watch her victory song & dance below: To learn more about this hillbilly, read the Summer 2011 issue of Open Adoption. Visit our Facebook page […]

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Adoption is Like Fishing

My husband and I are currently in the waiting stage of our adoption. Oddly enough, it was fishing that helped me put the adoption wait into perspective. Here is my insight… Decisions, Decisions A positive outcome comes from preparation. In fishing, preparing involves making decisions. First you have to decide what to fish for. Then […]

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IAC Launches Open Portrait for Adoption Awareness

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) is excited to launch Open Portrait, a Tumblr blog celebrating lives touched by open adoption. This idea formed when we asked our Facebook fans to post pictures of their favorite captured moments of their children. The photos were heart warming and seeing them in succession painted a wonderful portrait of […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child…and Encourage a Couple Hoping to Adopt!

An old African proverb states that it takes a village to raise a child. In many African villages, raising the children in the community is everyone’s responsibility. We love the idea that none of us is alone and that we have others to turn to on our life’s journey. No matter the situation, there is […]

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