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Independent Adoption Center Closing & Bankruptcy

Almost a thousand prospective adoptive parents received an e¬mailed notice advising that Independent Adoption Center (IAC) was declaring chapter 7 bankruptcy and closing permanently, effective immediately. IAC is licensed in eight states, including Florida, with an office in Tampa. The abrupt closing of all IAC offices and its programs has left many families in dire straits, both financially and emotionally. Those in the middle of an adoption are now hampered in their ability to complete the adoption, and others have lost substantial sums of money which will hinder if not eliminate their ability to adopt.

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Independent Adoption Center (IAC) Closing Immediately

The IAC’s Executive Director and Board President released the following statement today:

It is with deep sadness that we write to inform you that the Independent Adoption Center (IAC) is declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will be closing permanently effective immediately. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but after much discussion, we have come to the conclusion that immediate closure is our only option.

As you may be aware, the climate of adoption has changed in recent years. Societal changes have created an environment in the United States where there are fewer potential birth parents than at any other point in our 34-year history of helping to create families. Simultaneously, due to changing demographics and the closure of international adoption programs, there are more hopeful adoptive parents seeking to adopt domestically than in any other time in recent history.

The IAC has worked tirelessly to adapt to this changing environment, but the many efforts we implemented were ultimately unsuccessful. We therefore cannot sustain the agency any longer.

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Florida Begins Issuing Married Same-Sex Couples Birth Certificates Which List Both Parents

The Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics recently reversed its refusal to list the names of both parents in same-sex marriages on birth certificates of children born to the marriage. Last year the Florida Department of Vital Statistics was sued by same-sex married couples who claimed the state was required to list both parents on birth certificates for their children, just like the state did for different-sex couples. 

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Thanksgiving Adoption & Gift of Adoption Fund

Watch this great Bay News 9 story on the Schierer's first Thanksgiving with their son Lucas. The Gift of Adoption Fund helped ease the financial burden of adoption for this wonderful Tampa family. Story by Bay News 9's Dalia Dangerfield.

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Conservatives Push to Revive Obamacare Adoption Tax Break

Rep. Diane Black has taken the lead strengthening GOP support for a bipartisan plan to revive refundable tax credits for adoption-related expenses that were part of the 2010 health care law but expired.
While the GOP looks to uproot pillars of the health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152), conservatives such as Black, R-Tenn., and Trent Franks, R-Ariz., are joining with the likes of Danny K. Davis, D- Ill., to support a proposal (HR 2434) Black says is needed to strengthen families.

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Making Forever Families Through Adult Adoption

John Romano’s Tampa Bay Times June 7, 2015 Column:  Adoption was in the cards for Foster teen beautifully illustrates the adoption journey of precious Mariah Boyd, and how Mariah and her soon-to-be adoptive mom, Amy Foster, came into one another’s orbit. Exquisite outcome and a testament to perseverance and belief, never lose hope.

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Scholarships For Children in Foster Care or in Out-of-Home Care

Step Up For Students has scholarships for children in foster care or in out-of-home care.

You can call  877-735-7837 or click here https://www.stepupforstudents.org/income-based-scholarship/for-parents-guardians/children-in-foster-care-or-out-of-home-care  for full details, but here are the high points:

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Certificate of Citizenship

Clients have asked if they need a Certificate of Citizenship if they already have a U.S. passport and social security number for their foreign born child. Our recommendation is YES! If child does not apply for his Certificate of Citizenship, his file with USCIS is left open. The government doesn’t knows if the adoption was finalized or if the child qualified under the Child Citizenship Act. Therefore, if that child grows up and has an issue with the law or even stays outside of the US for more than one year, USCIS has no way to verify that the child is already a United States Citizen.

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