For birth mothers, finding the right adoptive parents is crucial. In the past, this typically involved working through an adoption agency or private attorney. Now there are more options available, and one of them is using the internet, or social media such as Facebook.
Making A Connection
An article from Newsday tells the story of several families who successfully turned to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media to connect with birth mothers and find a child to adopt. When birth families and adoptive families find each other and make their own adoption plan, we refer to that as a “directed” placement.
While each family approached the process differently, most created a social media presence that featured images of them that demonstrated how they would provide a loving home to an adopted baby. This included pictures of weddings, date nights, meals, pets and more. One family even created a video that went viral. The response was impressive. One of the families profiled received nearly 1,000 messages from potential birth mothers and eventually found the perfect match.
Some of the families profiled continued to use the social media accounts even after they found a child to adopt, sharing happy photos with the birth parents and serving as an example to other adoptive parents and birth mothers out there of how technology and the internet can help families get and stay connected.
Not Entirely DIY
While the families profiled in this article took matters in their own hands and did not rely on adoption agencies, they did have legal help. An experienced adoption attorney can help birth mothers provide an important layer of security and ensure that birth and adoptive families are legally protected throughout the journey to finding the right adoptive home, and beyond.