February 3, 2017 by CassieCravings
They were our hope where we poured our hearts and tens of thousands of dollars. We trusted them. We relied on them. We invested in them. However, with one email they announced that they were closing. There was no notice: not to us, not to the employees, not to any of the other waiting families or to the birth families. They were just gone.
Last week our adoption agency (Independent Adoption Center) was considered one of the premier agencies in the country. They were established in open adoption, pioneers in the field of open adoption. After months and months of research, we chose them. And we trusted them.
This week they will cease to exist, as will our home study and our funds.
As devastated as our family is, we have it so much easier than many of the other 500+ families who were also betrayed by this sudden closing. We have lost money and time. But we had paused our home study to welcome our biological son, Felix, into our home.
There are families who have been waiting for over 3 years who have yet to be matched. There are matched families who are now in limbo. There are birth families who will not receive the counseling and support that they were promised when they placed their children. There are counselors who were told to vacate their offices without the time to even contact their clients. Over 500 families and the employees of the IAC are left in shambles.
Shame on whoever is responsible for such an act.
Please pray for the former clients of IAC. We are left feeling violated, lied to, and robbed. So many life-savings are left empty. So many arms are left empty. So many hearts are broken.