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Family gives back to the IAC: Life doesn't always go according to plan. Just ask Paul and Teri Singer

“If you would have asked us 10 years ago what we’d be doing now‚ we would have said we’d be empty nesters traveling the world and playing golf‚” Paul says.

The Singers had two grown biological daughters at home when they decided to adopt another child. Soon theywere in Russia‚ holding 11-month-old Angela in their arms‚ experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions. The moment she reached out for Teri’s hand‚ there was an instant connection. But what’s that on her medical record? How will she grow emotionally after being institutionalized?

The Singers’ adoption agency recommended they work with Dana Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., codirector of the International Adoption Clinic (IAC). After asking lots of questions of Johnson‚ the Singers brought their baby daughter home. “A key factor in giving us confidence about the whole process was the International Adoption Clinic‚” Paul says.

“The international adoption process can be scary—full of unknowns and missteps—but having something like this in your own backyard really helps reduce the number of surprises along the way.”

And out of gratitude for the knowledge they received‚ the Singers have donated $1‚000 to the IAC. “It’s this beacon of light‚” Paul says. “It’s a source of reliable‚ trustworthy information.”

Last winter the Singers welcomed two more Russian girls into their family‚ 14-year-old Natasha and 13-year-old Svetlana. And again‚ the growing family is working with the IAC.

“Adoption is the coolest thing in the world‚” says Paul.

It’s also an adventure‚ Teri adds. “We are very blessed.”

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