Friday, February 17, 2012

Couple Adopts Through Facebook

How interesting the world is today. I just read about a couple who posted their adoption flyer on Facebook. Shortly after, they met the woman who wanted them to adopt their baby. We've been on Facebook and Blogger now for a few months and haven't received one phone call yet from either! The two birth mothers who have called us since we've been up and running found us through Parent Profiles and through the Families for Private Adoption Facebook page. Neither of those worked out for us but we still believe!

The media makes it all sound so easy. Just post a Facebook page and whammo, you'll be matched! Believe me, it's not that easy. Here are just some of the things we've done to get the word out since our home study was approved:

  • Told all of our family and friends
  • Joined an adoption network 
  • Listed with an agency, and created an adoption profile so they can share with potential birth moms
  • Let attorneys know that we are eligible for domestic adoption
  • Joined three Yahoo networking groups
  • Made adoption cards and flyers that we post on every community bulletin board we see
  • Placed ads in newspapers, both in print and online
  • Sent cards and letters to various locations where birth mothers might come for pregnancy tests or information about pregnancy choices
  • Started an adoption blog (you're reading it here!) and joined Blogher to spread the word
  • Started a Facebook page
  • Joined Parent Profiles

    We were told it's a part-time job looking for a match and I have to admit, it is. Not one day goes by that I don't do something to get the word out that we are trying to adopt. Plus, I update our blog, Parent Profiles and our Facebook page almost every day. We are also going to invest in a few other avenues over the coming months to get even more exposure. It just takes one phone call. It almost feels like dating. You put yourself out there and can't predict what might happen. You might me the person of your dreams - or you might just become an expert at marketing. 

    1 comment:

    1. You are doing all the right things! More than we are able to do. We can't advertise in our state or put up flyers! You'll get a match. It's only a matter of 'when' now, not 'if.' Good luck to you!! And you are right, it's a part time job for us too!


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