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Facilitating the open adoption transition

Last week, Southern California Public Radio’s Take Two show ran a piece that posed the question, “Does California’s ‘open adoption’ system help heal a baby’s separation wound?” The story featured an IAC adoptive family, and mentioned some challenges they face in raising their son. The article then attempts to link these challenges with the open [...]

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How Has Technology and Social Media Evolved the Adoption Process?

Like many couples, you and your partner have probably been talking about adoption for weeks or months. You may have started your research by Googling “adoption” on the web and then starting e-mailing adoption agencies that came up on Google’s first page. If you are lucky you may know a couple who has already adopted [...]

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Mariska Hargitay Adoption Interview

In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, actress Mariska Hargitay reveals her painful adoption journey that eventually led to two successful infant adoptions, just six months apart. She discusses various defining moments in the adoption process; the dreaded wait, the instant bond formed with a birth mother, the heartbreak of an unlikely adoption reclaim, considering [...]

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My Adoption Library

I went to a workshop a few years ago where we had one poster, six markers and five minutes to tell our life story. I drew a book, which looked more like a butterfly, and told the story of my life in one-sentence chapters. A book worked as a metaphor for the assignment, but I [...]

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Celebrating Adoption Through Photography

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”-Chinese proverb From this quote grew the name Red Thread and its connection to adoption. Red Thread Sessions, an organization that provides complimentary photography services to adoptive families, was [...]

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A Grandmother Embraces Open Adoption

Barbara Potter is eager for another grandchild to love. On December 21, 2011 she wrote an article for the Orange County Register that explains the adoption process her son and his husband are going through to start their family. With instructions not to buy baby supplies or items for the nursery just yet, Barbara and [...]

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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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People Magazine on Adoption Grants, and the IAC Dads Who Received One

What happens when you decide you want to adopt but you don’t have the financial means to finally complete your dream of having a family? Enter Becky Fawcett. In a recent article done by People Magazine, in the “Heroes Among Us” section, three stories of adoptive parents tell how one woman gave them the chance [...]

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IAC Introduces Crystal Houchens, MSW, LSW

I recently graduated from the Indiana University School of Social Work and was drawn to the IAC because I have always thought adoptions were beautiful. The more I learned about the IAC and how open our adoptions are the more eager I was to work for the IAC. As an Open Adoption Counselor, I am [...]

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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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