Questions about Open Adoption

As a result of the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan, many people have sent us emails asking if they can adopt an orphan from the Philippines. It is not considered best practice to adopt a child from a...
The same rules apply to a private adoption as any other sort of adoption. You could hire either an adoption attorney or an agency to handle the necessary paperwork. A home study is required for any type of...
The 800 numbers go to you. About 50 percent of prospective birthparents prefer to speak to families first before they call the agency. The other 50 percent will call the agency first. IAC tries to set...
Unfortunately, if we required passwords to view our family pages it would put our prospective adoptive families at a great disadvantage. The only way families find matches is if they are viewed by large...
It sounds like your family might be a good candidate for the foster/adopt program in your county. IAC only does voluntary infant adoptions. Most older children have been involuntarily removed from their homes...
Open adoption came into widespread practice in 1982 when the Independent Adoption Center opened its doors in California. At first it was extremely controversial, with several adoption professionals refusing to...
Yes, you can move to another town as long as it is in the same state. In addition, you must notify the state or the adoption agency you are working with so they can update your home study. Please do not...
Although I understand that you want to give your child a father, this is not the way to do it. It is illegal. In addition, it is very important that your child know who their biological father is even if they...
This is something you may want to talk to the birthparents about. Usually the birthparents put whatever name they prefer on the original birth certificate. The name can be changed when the adoption finalizes...
It is extremely important to contact the agency that originally placed the child in your home. They need to know that this adoption may disrupt. They may be able to provide services so that the child does not...
By definition, adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with someone other than the child's biological parents. "Open adoption includes the birthparents and adoptive parents meeting one another...
The Independent Adoption Center does not do closed adoptions. The reason for this policy is that all of the research on adoption shows that open adoption has the best outcomes for the child, the adoptive...
IAC only does open adoption because the research shows that it has the best outcomes for the adoptee, the birthparents and the adoptive parents. I would encourage you to come to an IAC adoption seminar if you...
Unfortunately, you cannot do an adoption in the United States without using an agency or an adoption attorney. You must have a home study including a criminal background check before a baby may be placed in...
The IAC does have a license in New York State, and we recently opened an office in New York City at 79 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. If you would like more information about how we work with New York families...

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