October 2013
Please bring your kiddos in their costumes by our office on Halloween (during work hours) to trick-or-treat!   

Reminiscing with the Rountrees 
Jason and Victoria share about their journey with IPAS.



Victoria, Grayson, Jason, and Landon with the judge on Finalization Day.

Why did you choose IPAS?

A family friend knew that we wanted to adopt and she highly recommended we contact the director, Stephanie Grant. She was so kind but also knowledgeable and professional.  We also know two different families that adopted through IPAS.  They spoke very positively about their experiences.  We are so glad that we chose IPAS!


What was your wait like?

The adoption of our son Grayson was absolutely perfect to us.  It was very fast!  We completed the classes, paperwork, homestudy, and album over the course of about six months.  My husband Jason teases me about how much time I spent completing our family album (it took longer!).  For those of us who have experienced loss and infertility issues, it gave us comfort knowing that it was no longer a question of IF we were going to have another baby.  It was now WHEN we were going to have another baby!  This made a huge difference for our waiting time.


What was it like to get "the call?"  What happened?

We had just completed our homestudy and album.  Within weeks, we got a call from our social worker, Stephanie Schmidt.  Our baby Grayson was just born on Father's Day a few hours earlier.  Sight unseen we knew Grayson was going to be ours! Jason was at work so I called him then PATIENTLY waited for him to finish work.  Then off to the hospital we went.  We wanted to see our baby together so Mommy did a lot of pacing the floors until we could meet our new bundle of joy. 


How did you feel when you saw your baby for the first time?

It was instant love! We were overwhelmed with happiness and joy. Our older son, Landon, was five at the time and very happy to be a big brother.  When it was time to go home from the hospital, Grayson already recognized Daddy's voice when he spoke to him.


How was the finalization process?

Our finalization process went very smoothly. The judge's name was Tharpe. He made it a fun process for our five-year-old son also. Landon got to go into the judge's chambers and sit up in his big chair.  We made it a family affair with grandparents and close friends in attendance.  Great day!


Are you enjoying parenthood?

We LOVE being parents!  The boys bring so much laughter and joy to our lives. Cannot remember what life was like before them.  What a wonderful life we have!  How blessed I am to be a Mommy to these two adorable children!  We thank God every day and night for these little blessings! 


Other thoughts we would like to share?

When we started our journey at IPAS, we were told we would probably get "the call" when we least expected.  Our advice to prospective adoptive parents is to plan an out of town vacation and then you might get a call!  On another note, we are SO THANKFUL to our birthmother for giving us this beautiful boy!  He is such a miracle!  We are also SO THANKFUL to IPAS and our social worker, Stephanie Schmidt, for bringing Grayson into our lives.  She has an amazing gift for making it all happen.  We highly recommend IPAS to any family wanting to adopt.

We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary
at our annual wine tasting on October 18, and YOU are invited!
Please join us for a very special evening of fine wines, select beers, hearty hors d'oeuvres, surprise gift boxes, and much more.  There will be birth parents, adopted individuals, and adoptive parents from the past 60 years sharing their amazing stories and IPAS memories.  Our emcee is Channel 47's news anchor Evy Ramos, who is also a birth parent and friend of adoption.  You don't want to miss out on this fundraiser under the stars.  Tickets are still available.    
 Come bid on these exciting items (and many more unique gifts):
  • 2013 Vintners' Holiday Package for Two: Two nights at the Awahnee Hotel, Winemakers Reception, and Vintners' Holiday Gala Dinner Value: $1000
  • Pier 39 "Family Fun Pack."  Includes four tickets for San Francisco's famous Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, aquarium tickets, carousel rides and additional activities. Value: $298.
  • Two tickets to the renowned Gilroy Gardens. Value: $90.
  • A signed copy of Jaime Lee Curtis' adoption classic Tell Me Again about the Night I was Born. Value: Priceless.
  • Fresno State red seat basketball tickets
  • Champagne gift baskets
  • A golf bag
  • Vera Bradley purses  
    Check out our Facebook event page for more details: Wine Tasting or contact the IPAS office for tickets or more information.
***We are still gathering photos and video/digital recordings from adoptive families for a special visual presentation.  If you would like to include your family's photos, a recording, or an audio message, please contact the office.***
Join the IPAS team and show your support of adoption in the
Two Cities Marathon & Half!

November (next month!) is Adoption Awareness Month and one of the many ways we will be celebrating is by running/walking as a team in support of voluntary adoption. 

There will be runners and walkers of all levels.  We will provide you an IPAS tech shirt to wear.  Please contact the office if you are interested!


For more information on the run please click here: Two City Marathon & Half



Pumpkin Patch


October is here and that means it is time for a visit to the pumpkin patch with your friends from IPAS!!  What fun it would be to cut your pumpkin off the vine, take a hay ride, and run through a maze.  Single Palm Pumpkins has all that and more!  Every pumpkin in the patch is $5.00 and all the other fun you can have is FREE!!  Their website can be found here: Pumpkin Patch  Join us Saturday, October 12 at 3 PM.  Contact Erin for more information!

Mark Your Calendar!
  • There is no Prospective Adoptive Parents Informational Meeting this month due to scheduling conflicts.  Please join us next month!
  • October 18 - 6 PM A Toast to the Children at ApCal in Madera.
  • October 22 - 6 PM Board Meeting at the IPAS office.
Please call 447-3333 with any questions.
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