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Stories: IAC Adoption Talking Circle

Join us or our NEW program and please share this event with others that would benefit IAC Center Adoption Talking Circle– Our Talking Circle is a place for all adoption constellation members to talk about adoption and to hear the perspectives of other people that are in also trying to navigate complex adoption relationships and improve their […]

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IAC Center Responds to Change in NJ Adoption Law

IAC Center Responds to Change in NJ Adoption Law With gratitude to the adoption rights advocates at NJ-CARE IAC Center responds to the change in the NJ Adoption Law. Read about this in the Adoptive Families Magazine News Brief: New Jersey Unseals Adoption Records  A New Jersey law signed in 2014 went into effect on January 1, 2017, and NJ […]

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2017: A Year for Community Connections

2017: A year in which Our Connections to Communities Are More Important than Ever.  Join a Community for Personal and Family Connections: IAC Center offers groups, workshops and introductions to like-minded peers. For 2017 in addition to counseling we have: A brand new IAC Center Connections Program to meet the needs of adoptees, birth parents […]

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Young Adults Leaving Home

As seen on NYSCCC.org “There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children: One is roots – The other is wings”  Hodding Carter, Sr. Leaving home is a challenging period in nearly everyone’s life, fraught with conflicting feelings and needs: the earnest desire for independence and autonomy, alongside the fear of failure, and […]

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Healthy Holiday Tip Sheet

    Third Thursday of the Month Group in 2014 SEASONS GREETINGS, Tis the season for heightened emotions. Whether you’re in the process of building your family or already parenting, I hope this Healthy Holidays Tip Sheet arrives in the nick of time. Pictured here are members of what was the Third Thursday of the Month Pre-adoption group at […]

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Therapeutic Writing: Putting Your Feelings on Paper

Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.

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Open Adoption: A Reference Guide for Families

By Joni Mantell; as seen in Adoptive Families Magazine Open adoption is a scary phrase. “When I first heard it, I wondered, would I feel like a ‘stand in’ or a ‘rent-a-mom’?” says Christine, from New Jersey. This is the most common initial reaction prospective parents have—that open adoption is “co-parenting.” Others may come to domestic […]

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Beyond “Happy”: New Parents Have Complex Feelings

You will feel elated when you finally bring your child home, but you might also experience other emotions on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight. by Joni Mantell, LCSW You are finally home with your newly adopted child, and you’re […]

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