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IAC Sponsors OFC’s Night Out! in Support of LGBT Families

The IAC is proud to be a part of this year’s Night Out! event hosted by Our Family Coalition. Our Family Coalition strives to promote equality for LGBT families through community involvement and educational programs. Night Out! is an annual event celebrating the work of those involved with OFC. This year’s event takes place on [...]

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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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Adoption for Gay Couples Increases

The Associated Press quoted IAC Executive Director, Ann Wrixon, in an article released today. The story focuses on the increase in adoptions by gay male and lesbian families (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gay-adoption-20111021,0,4860124.story). According to census data analyzed by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, the number of adoptions by same sex couples tripled from 2000 [...]

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HRC Ad Lists IAC and Other Adoption Professionals who Support LGBT Adoption

In the August 2011 issue of Adoptive Families Magazine the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) published an ad celebrating the adoption agencies and professionals across the country who establish policies that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families. IAC is one of the agencies listed in the ad. In 2010 IAC earned HRC’s [...]

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Every Child Deserves a Family Bill Reintroduced: Prohibits Discrimination against LGBT Families in Adoption and Foster Care

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) announced today the reintroduction of the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.” The act would prohibit any organization that receives federal funding from discriminating against LGBT families in screening or placement of adoptive or foster children. According to the Family Equality Council, “One in four children in this country is being [...]

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Arizona Governor Signs Anti-Gay Adoption Law

On April 18, 2011, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a law that gives married heterosexual couples priority when Arizona adoption agencies are placing children for adoption or foster care. According to a statement issued by Tom Mann, Board Chairman of Equality Arizona, “SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of [...]

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Illinois Senate Committee Rejects Bill to Allow Adoption Discrimination against LGBT Families

On April 13, 2011, an Illinois State Senate Committee rejected a proposed law that would have allowed religious organizations to deny services to LGBT families seeking to adopt or foster children. According to the Huffington Post, “The legislation, which was sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Koehler, would have amended the state’s recently passed civil unions [...]

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Arkansas Ban on Same Sex Adoptions Ruled Unconstitutional

On April 7, 2011, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that prohibiting unmarried co-habiting adults from fostering and adopting is unconstitutional. Arkansas voters passed the prohibition in November 2008, and its main aim was to stop adoptions by same sex couples. According to the opinion written by Associate Justice Robert Brown, the [...]

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‘Coming out of the Closet’ with Domestic Infant Adoption

Ann Wrixon, the Executive Director of the Independent Adoption Center reports on Gay and Lesbian adoption in the United States today. David Perry of Comcast’s “Ten Percent”* questions Wrixon on state legislation surrounding LGBT adoption and what role the IAC is playing to advocate for same-sex couples who want to adopt. Having placed about 1000 [...]

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Obama Administration Ends Defense of Anti-LGBT Marriage Law

The Obama Administration decided to discontinue defending the federal gay marriage law that denies married lesbians and gay men the same rights as those accorded to heterosexual married couples. According to the today’s New York Times, “Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday saying that the Justice Department will [...]

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