Adoption center's abrupt closing catches prospective parents off-guard

HOUSTON – For 34 years, the Independent Adoption Center matched children with adoptive parents to create families, as the center’s promotional video shows.

But on Jan. 31, the center abruptly closed its Houston office, along with offices in seven other states.

Three days later, it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in California, citing changing demographics and closure of international adoption programs.

Its statement said in part:

“We have striven to find financial solutions, we have come to the end of a rope and are declaring bankruptcy.”

“I would have liked an email, a phone call. We never received any of that," potential adoptive parent Isabel Reyna said.

Reyna and her husband, Dorian, learned about the closure from the company’s website.

The Reynas run a small automotive business together.