IAC Collaborates With Academic Research

Based on the philosophy that best practice in adoption is achieved through continuous efforts to increase knowledge and understanding, IAC supports academic research focused on open adoption, LGBT adoption, and other adoption issues.

IAC has collaborated with On Your Feet Foundation (Northern California) and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute on a research project to determine satisfaction levels of birthmothers in open adoptions.

If you are interested in collaborating with IAC, please submit a cover letter and abstract via our contact page. Refer to the Outline for Research Grant Applications.

Abstract Should Include:

  • Brief description of the project
  • Goals and Objectives of Research / Hypothesis
  • Population served/problem it is aiming to solve
  • Applicant’s background, results of previous research
  • Profile of sample population
  • Research design / data analysis methods
  • Any ethical concerns and how they are being addressed
  • Funding organization
  • Where the results will be published

Submissions will be reviewed quarterly. January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th.

A signed Intent to Notify IAC of Results and Publication is required.

Research of interest to IAC

Financial assistance is available to support research initiatives of particular interest to the agency. Specifically:

  • What adoptive family characteristics are important to birthparents who choose voluntary infant open adoption?
  • What is the impact of race/ethnic background, marital status, sexual orientation, and/or religion on wait times for adoptive families in open adoption?
  • What agency practices affect satisfaction levels for birthparents who place children with the IAC.
  • What agency practices affect satisfaction levels for adoptive parents who adopt children through the IAC.
  • Outcome studies for adoptees, birthparents, and/or adoptive parents who worked with the IAC on an open adoption.

IAC collects data for some of these questions, and can provide this information to qualified researchers for data analysis.

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, please complete the attached form along with your submission.