February 2014
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength;
loving someone deeply gives you courage."  -Lao Tzu

..from all of us at IPAS!


The Ballbacks

 Dean and Pranita share about their journey with IPAS.



Dean, Pranita, Deven, and Ria with the judge and loved ones on Finalization Day.


Why did you choose IPAS?

We began our journey by searching the internet for adoption agencies. I contacted over 20 agencies and the majority of agencies sounded like they were reading from a script. Then I heard the voice of Gloria R. She was warm, friendly, caring, and she seemed genuine (something I didn't receive from the other phone calls). The next day, Stephanie Grant spoke with me. After our conversation my husband, Dean, and I knew we had found the right agency.


What was your wait like?

We turned in our album, and maybe we were being over zealous, but we thought it would take a few months. We received a few phone calls. For whatever reason, we were not the "chosen" ones. Yes, a lot of emotions were felt including disappointment, fear no one would pick us,  frustration because we felt so ready to have a child join our family, and maybe a bit of jealousy that others were being picked and we weren't.


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

I remember "the call" so well. My husband was away on a business trip. Our baby was a preemie, born at 27 weeks. Our social worker needed an answer right away. I said, "Yes - show our album." I went to the gym, and when I returned the mother had chosen us. I left my husband a text to call me. Dean called and said, "We have a baby!" He knew right away. We were both excited and couldn't wait to meet our baby girl.


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

Our baby girl was in the NICU, born at 27 weeks. When we saw her Dean and I thought, "What a miracle!" She was too fragile to hold, but we both knew she was a survivor. Our baby was sucking her fingers and we couldn't believe how well she was doing. Felicity, our social worker, was amazing and provided us with all the information we needed. We drove home (four hrs away) with a sense of delight, joy, anticipation, and a touch of fear. She was so small and there were so many wires and tubes hooked up to her!


How was the finalization process?

IPAS made the finalization process seamless for us. We just had to focus on our children and they took care of all the details. They were meticulous, and the only thing left to do was schedule an appointment with the judge.


Are you enjoying parenthood (of another child)?

We have a four-year-old son (he likes to say 4.5 years). Our son loves his baby sister. He is so proud, and wants to show her off to all his friends. Deven (our son) wakes up every morning and the first thing he wants to do is go into baby Ria's room. As parents there is nothing that makes us happier than our children interacting together.


Other thoughts you might like to share?

IPAS is a phenomenal agency. We live in the Bay Area and they went out of their way to accommodate our hectic schedules. Words can't express our gratitude to IPAS. For all the waiting parents, our words of wisdom to you- we wondered why some babies were not meant to be ours. Now we know, we were waiting for baby Ria to enter our lives, hearts, and family.



IPAS sometimes receives calls about preemies that have been placed for adoption.  IPAS will immediately go to the hospital and assess the situation. The agency wants to make sure that everything looks appropriate and that the prognosis is positive before calling a prospective adoptive family.  Preemies can be born early for various reasons, and IPAS will make sure that the family selected will be able to properly care for the baby.  Prospective adoptive parents will always be consulted (if requested) before a preemie is placed in their home.   







The annual IPAS Family Picnic will be Saturday, May 10, at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.  You don't want to miss out on this fun day!  Details will be arriving in your mailbox shortly. 
If your adoption has finalized, and you have not sent us your new amended birth certificate for your child, we CANNOT CLOSE YOUR CASE.  We are mandated by state law to have the current and correct birth certificate on file.  Please send it to us ASAP so that we can get everything properly completed.  Call Gloria with any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation in this.  Thank you!
Mark Your Calendar!
  • February 11 - 6 PM Prospective Adoptive Parents Informational Meeting at the IPAS office.
  • February 15-17 Second Annual Birth Parent Retreat at Wonder Valley Ranch and Resort.
  • February 17 - Office will be closed in observance of President's Day.  A social worker will be on call and available 24/7 at 559-824-2360 in case of emergency.
  • February 27 - 6 PM Board Meeting at the IPAS office.
Please call 447-3333 with any questions.
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