6 Year Old Adopted Child Lindsey Stevens of San Mateo is "Artist" for Independent Adoption Center's Annual Holiday Card

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This Month, Meet Adopted Child Lindsey Stevens of San Mateo. Six Year Old is Artist of this year's IAC Holiday Card

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Certainly, this year's Holiday card sent to friends of the Independent Adoption Center (http://www.adoptionhelp.org) is a case in point. The "artist" is six year old Lindsey Stevens of San Mateo, one of over 4,000 successful adoptions facilitated by the nationally-esteemed IAC.

Adoptive parents Shaynee and Matt Stevens of San Mateo, California, began the adoption process with IAC in October 1999. After they had completed their application they were contacted by five birth parents including 20-year-old Jennie Jeffers in August 2000. Jennie wanted to speak with the adoptive father, and so had a long conversation with Matt. Afterwards, Jennie chose Shaynee and Matt as the people she wanted to adopt her child. Jennie, who lives in Texas, came to California in October of that year and stayed for four days with the family. The Stevens worked with an agency in Texas, and went to Texas when baby Lindsey was born on December 29. Jennie's family was completely supportive, and gave the Stevens a baby shower on New Year's Eve. Two weeks after Lindsey was adopted, Shaynee conceived and now Lindsey has a little brother.

"IAC counselors were very supportive and helpful," said Shaynee. "It was all very open. We keep in phone contact and email contact with Lindsey's birth mother, Jennie. She sends Lindsey birthday presents and Christmas presents. We are one big family. Having Lindsey's art featured on this year's holiday card is a honor indeed."

Each month, IAC -- a nationally recognized nonprofit education and counseling agency - will present a profile of birthparents, adoptive parents, or children who have been adopted. A pioneer in open adoption, Independent Adoption Center ( IAC) is nationally recognized as a leader in the field having facilitated almost 4,000 successful adoptions in 35 states. Headquartered in the Northern California town of Pleasant Hill, IAC has southern California offices in Los Angeles, and also operates centers in Indiana, North Carolina and Georgia. IAC will celebrate its 25 anniversary in May 2007.

"The Stevens adoption represents the true meaning of an open adoption," said Ann Wrixon, Executive Director of the Independent Adoption Center and herself the mother of an adopted child. "Their commitment to each other is lifelong and the results are positive not only for Lindsey, but for Shaynee, Matt and Jennie. Open adoptions are by choice and together the adoptive parents and birthparents decide on the level of contact they are all comfortable with. These are adoptions formed out of love."

Founded in 1982, IAC has successfully facilitated more than 3500 adoptions in 35 states and is licensed in the states of California, Indiana, Georgia and North Carolina. As a nonprofit organization, the IAC's mission is to create open adoptions: that is, a completely voluntary adoption where birth parents select the family they want to adopt their child. It is a viable and accessible alternative to untimely pregnancy throughout the United States. For more information, please call 1-800-877-6736 or visit http://www.adoptionhelp.org.

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