May 2014
We are honored to work with all mothers, whether through birth or adoption.  We hope you feel honored and celebrated for the love you have for your child(ren)!

Congratulations, Stokes Family!
It's a girl!

  Holly Frances Nevaeh Stokes
Born 4/20/14 at 5:28PM 
5lbs 12oz, 19 inches long
Congratulations, LeFay Family!
It's a girl (x3)!
                      Dakota, 1
                         Ary, 3
                      Aubrey, 5

The Nelsons




Why did you choose IPAS


We chose IPAS for many reasons. The staff made us feel very comfortable, the options offered were exactly what we wanted, and my cousin had been adopted through the agency 42 years prior!


What was your wait like?


With our first child we waited two months.  With our second child we were picked the day we turned in our album!


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


We were thrilled!  The first time was a hospital call.  We didn't know what to expect we just knew that we had a son waiting for us and we got to the hospital as fast as we could.  The whole experience was surreal. With our daughter we actually got to meet her birth mother before she was delivered and we were invited to be in the delivery room for her birth.  The experience was truly incredible and we couldn't be more grateful to be allowed the privilege of seeing our daughter enter the world.


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


It was very different with both children.  With our son it was just a very overwhelming experience and it didn't seem real.  We went to work in the morning and at 1:00pm we were informed that we had a child. We were excited, happy, scared, in love.  It was awesome.  With our daughter it wasn't just about the baby.  We were in the delivery room and with her birth mother and watching the labor and delivery gave us a strong connection to her birth mother.  We were in love with our daughter, but we were also afraid to love her.  Her birth mother had the opportunity to change her mind and we would have understood if she did.  So for us, it was incredibly exciting but there was a fear that created a little distance.  We were holding our breath a little bit until we were able to take her home.


How was the finalization process?


The finalization process was smooth and easy with our son and lengthy and difficult with our daughter.  Our daughter's birth father decided late in the game that he wanted to be part of her life, so he took us to court to obtain rights.  We didn't go to court until she was eight-months-old, so it was very difficult.  The thought of losing her was unbearable.  Needless to say, he didn't win the case.  He didn't really have a case, he just had guilt in his heart and didn't know what to do with it.  Hopefully he is at peace now.  We have offered him an open relationship, but he didn't take us up on it.


Are you enjoying parenthood (of another child)?


We love being parents. We feel like we have the best kids in the world and are extremely grateful!


Other thoughts you might like to share?  


I just wish I could go to the infertility clinics and tell the patients, "Don't stress your entire life out with trying to have a baby.  If your body isn't cooperating - ADOPT.  Being a parent is the ultimate goal and reward.  Don't miss out on having a child because your DNA doesn't match."



Birth fathers play a vital and important role in their child's life and adoption plan.  To that end, IPAS works very hard to make sure that birth fathers are notified of their rights in regards to their child.  We believe that their input is not only needed, but valued and respected. 

It is very rare that a birth father will contest an adoption plan made by the birth mother.  However, should this occur, IPAS will assist in working through all the legal issues, as in the case above.  All matters are handled ethically and as regulated by law.  And, as always, the focus is always what is in the best interest of the child.         

Mark Your Calendar!  
  • May 10 - 10 AM IPAS Family Picnic.
  • May 12 - 11:30 AM Free BRN CEU Adoption Awareness Seminar at the IPAS office.
  • May 13 - 6 PM Prospective Adoptive Parents Informational Meeting at the IPAS office.
  • May 17 - 10 AM AFN Train Trip.
  • May 22 - 12 PM Board Meeting at the IPAS office.
  • May 26 - The office will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Please feel free to use the on call number in case of an emergency - 824-2360.
Please call 447-3333 with any questions.
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