Independent Adoption Center is not only the trusted leader in open adoption since 1982, but also the largest, oldest, and most experienced open adoption agency in the country – facilitating adoptions in 50 states, and fully licensed in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.
The Independent Adoption Center consists of experienced, professional, and licensed social workers with Masters of Social Work (MSW) degrees or higher. Our staff is recognized nationally as experts in the field and have advocated extensively for open adoption.
As a nonprofit organization the main focus is on counseling and support. The Independent Adoption Center is committed to providing both birthparents and adoptive parents with the most comprehensive counseling support available.
The Independent Adoption Center has no exclusionary policies, and offers birthparents the right to choose a family for their child. There are no racial/ethnic, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression restrictions for prospective adoptive parents.
"I really can't say enough good things about the Independent Adoption Center. Everyone I have worked with there has been professional, caring, and very helpful." -Mani S.
"When we are ready to expand our family again the only agency we will consider calling is the Independent Adoption Center!" -Elizabeth L.
Types of Adoption
Closed. In closed/confidential adoptions, the adoption professional acts as a liaison and there is no direct contact between birthparents and adoptive parents. No identifying information is exchanged between the parties and there is no plan for any ongoing contact or updates. In these cases, the records are typically sealed until the child is 18 years of age. Birthparents may choose whether or not they want their identity to be disclosed once the records are opened. Due to the extensive research concluding that closed adoptions are not in the child’s best interest, most adoption professionals see closed adoptions as an antiquated practice.
Semi-Open. A semi-open adoption takes place when basic information is exchanged between the birthparents and adoptive parents. In this type of adoption, the parties usually meet during the adoption planning process. However, contact information is usually not exchanged and a plan for providing the birthparents with updates and pictures is arranged through an intermediary. Accordingly, there is no direct ongoing contact between the parties.
Open. An open adoption takes place when the birthparents choose the adoptive parents with whom they intend to place their child and all parties agree to have an ongoing relationship. The parties meet, contact information is shared, and the birthparents and adoptive parents create a contact agreement detailing the arrangement for the ongoing communication. In open adoptions, the most common arrangement is for families to have annual or bi-annual visits with the birthparent. Although they do not use an intermediary to communicate, the adoption professional remains a source of support and guidance throughout the open adoption relationship.