Introducing Our New Adoption Profile Website Service

This is a week of exciting announcements here on our open adoption blog. On Tuesday, I told you about the launch of a new interview series aimed at showcasing hopeful adoptive parents from our “Find A Family” section. Today, I’m thrilled to announce yet another networking tool we’re offering that may be of interest to you: our adoption profile website service.

If you’re hoping to adopt and are looking for a great way to stand out and introduce yourself to prospective birthparents, I think you’ll find there’s a lot to like about our newest open adoption outreach service. Continue reading

Open Adoption Challenges Of A South Asian Couple

We’re always trying to come up with new ways to help you make the most of your adoption journey. Today, with that in mind, we’re excited to kick off a new series of interviews with hopeful adoptive from our Find A Family page.

The interviews are designed to serve two main purposes. On the one hand, they will put the spotlight on an aspect of the hopeful adoptive parents’ journey — an experience, expertise or hurdle — that is unique to them. Continue reading

When An Expectant Mother Considering Adoption Contacts You: 10 Tips

There’s only one thing better than sending out your parent profile to expectant parents considering adoption: It’s hearing back from them.

For hopeful adoptive parents, being contacted by an expectant mother considering adoption is a dream come true. But it can be nerve-wracking as well, especially if you’re unprepared.

Most hopeful adoptive parents sound great in their profile. But when it comes to actually talking to an expectant parent for the first time, they suddenly find themselves at a loss for words. Continue reading

What Makes A Great Adoption Website?

Any day now we’ll be introducing a new adoption profile website service. If your networking efforts have hit a wall and you’re looking for a new way to reach out to prospective birthparents, I hope you’ll check it out. [Editor’s note: Our new adoption profile website service is now up and running]. Or feel free to email me any time for more details. I’d be happy to help you with your adoption networking strategy in any way I can. Continue reading

5 Ways To Improve Your Parent Profile Without Changing A Single Word

Is your parent profile not getting the response you expected? Wondering why prospective birthparents aren’t reaching out to you? Unsure about what changes you need to make to your profile that will make it stand out and help you connect with the birth family that’s looking for you?

Creating a parent profile is a major feat. It’s not something you can dash off in one sitting and be done with. It requires constant tweaking and refining. Continue reading

Adoption Lessons We’ve Learned From Our Dog

This guest post is by Preetha, a hopeful adoptive mother.

Although we are not parents, we are currently “pet parents.” We have a 2 1/2 -year-old dog, Mia, whom we adopted as a puppy.

We were instrumental in teaching her a lot of things including respecting boundaries, all the basic commands, and silly tricks. At the same time, she has taught us several things that we are trying to implement as we are going through our adoption journey. Continue reading

How Long Should A Parent Profile Letter Be?

How long should a parent profile letter be? Or should I say, how short?

If you’ve just started writing — or wrestling with — yours, you probably have plenty of questions. Questions about the content, about the tone, about the photos. And, if you’re like most people trying to adopt, about the length. Continue reading