Love, Help and Support at the IAC
At the Independent Adoption Center we are focused on transforming lives through open adoption by serving the best interests of birthparents, children, and adoptive families.
The IAC is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.
Love. Adoption is an act of love towards yourself, towards an adoptive family, but, most of all, it's an act of love towards your child. The Independent Adoption Center understands that choosing adoption for your baby is a difficult, but love-filled decision.
We have plenty of caring families hoping to adopt a baby. All of our families are educated on the importance of open adoption and the benefits it provides for everyone involved. Your child will grow up knowing you placed them with love and will be able to have a relationship with you. You will have peace knowing that your child is doing well, and the adoptive family will know that their child can turn to you with any questions about their adoption story.
Help. If you’re pregnant and considering adoption, the Independent Adoption Center can assist you with learning about all of your options. We can show you the benefits of open adoption, but still help you explore other options that are available.
We believe every woman should get as much information as possible about all her options before she makes any decision about her pregnancy. Whether you are looking for financial assistance, medical insurance, parenting options, abortion clinics or adoption, we will provide you with the resources you need to assist you in making a decision that you feel is best for you. We are available from 7AM to 10PM, 7 days a week at our toll free number: 1-800-877-6736
Support. If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone. In a time like this, getting help to figure out what to do is completely normal. That’s why our experienced Independent Adoption Center counselors are here for you and can help you learn if open adoption is right for you.
Our caring, no-hassle counselors are standing by to answer your questions and give you information you can trust. We provide a birthmother support system, where you can talk to a birthmother who has placed her child and understands first-hand some of the emotions you might be experiencing. We also offer free pregnancy counseling and ongoing support for birthparents through the entire process. All conversations are kept private and confidential.
The Independent Adoption Center provides non-directive and non-coercive counseling. We provide women with all of their options and never push for adoption as the preferred choice.
Services are free to birthparents, and if you choose to place their child in an open adoption with one of our pre-approved families, they will receive free lifetime support as well. Even if adoption is not the right choice for a particular client, the Independent Adoption Center counselors will provide free counseling and referrals for the following:
- Medical Services
- Legal Services
- Social Services
The Independent Adoption Center intake staff provides counseling 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm, including holidays.
Open Adoption Counseling is a vitally important component of the open adoption process because open adoption brings disparate people into a familial arrangement. The Independent Adoption Center believes that open adoptions work best when birthparents and adoptive parents control all of the major decisions. Each adoption, like each family, is unique. It establishes its own rules and boundaries and has its own sets of challenges. For this process to be successful, it requires professional counseling.
Counselors help birthparents and adoptive parents deal with grief, stress, role and boundary issues, and identity issues as it relates to their adoption.
- As mandated by state licensing requirements, counselors help prospective adoptive parents complete a home study to ensure that they have the capacity to parent and that a child will be placed in an environment conducive to their development.
- Counselors engage birthparents before and after the birth of their child to ensure that they are comfortable placing their child for adoption. The Independent Adoption Center believes that open adoptions are best when birthparents are confident about their decision to place their child for adoption.
- Counselors help birth and adoptive parents develop the level of openness and frequency of contacts with which they are both comfortable.
- Counselors also provide counseling and mediation in the event of any misunderstandings between adoptive parents and birthparents.
The mission of the Independent Adoption Center is to provide open adoption placement and counseling to birth and adoptive families to ensure that every child grows up feeling loved and supported.
Board of Directors
A Board of Directors governs the non-profit Independent Adoption Center. The Board ensures the organization remains true to its mission and is fiscally sound. The following people have generously volunteered their time and skills to serve on the Independent Adoption Center’s Board:
Greg Kuhl, President, is a commercial real estate broker. He adopted both of his children through the Independent Adoption Center more than 20 years ago. His second term on the board began in 2016.
Christine Zwerling, Secretary, is the mother of two sons adopted through the Independent Adoption Center. Ms. Zwerling works as a compensation consultant. Her current term on the Board began in 2014.
Dan Ward, Audit Committee, works in accounting and finance for a large retailer. He adopted his oldest son through the Independent Adoption Center. He joined the Board in 2013 and is in his second term.
Alex Kaplan is an attorney in Washington, D.C. He adopted his daughter through the Independent Adoption Center. He joined the Board in 2015.
Melissa Rementeria is formerly a Florida social worker specializing in foster care and adoption. She joined the Board in 2013 and is in her second term.
Susan Sparling is the mother of three children, two adopted through the Independent Adoption Center. In addition, she is a retired university administrator. She joined the Board in 2014.
Nancy Worrell is a Human Resources Executive. She is also the mother of a daughter adopted through the Independent Adoption Center. She joined the Board in 2012 and is on her second term.