DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - On Tuesday, and without warning to its clients, an adoption agency operating in 16 states closed its doors.
The Independent Adoption Center notified clients on Tuesday via email that it was bankrupt. In the email, the IAC said that due to a changing adoption climate, “We have come to the end of a rope and are declaring bankruptcy. The IAC has worked tirelessly to adapt to this changing environment, but the many efforts we implemented were ultimately unsuccessful.”
The adoption center has been operating in Tucker, Georgia since 2001 and many families we spoke with say they are out $10,000 after the agency never fulfilled their contract obligations.
The Department of Human Services said the agency did not follow state regulations because it did not provide a plan for the transfer of sensitive family records to the state.
The DHS released a statement which said in part: "The Department's priority is to assist families with active cases with IAC, so that they are able to get into contact with an agency representative and retrieve their files and/or have them appropriately transferred to another licensed adoption agency of their choice."
We spoke with an attorney practicing adoption law who said it’s unlikely any of the families will ever see any of the money they put into the adoption agency.
A copy of the letter from the Independent Adoption Center can be read here.