Twitter, facebook, technology. Isn't it amazing. How it has changed the face of adoption. Birth parents who are considering placing their children for adoption often consult the internet for information. Prospective adoptive parents place their profiles on line thorugh a variety of formats: U Tube, descriptions, webpages, blogs, facebook, you name it. All are looking to for the right match. Birth parents want to know that their child will be loved and wanted forever if they choose adoption as the best option. Prospective adoptive parents want to offer that love and a forever home to a child. Child Welfare Agencies are on line also. There is information on the Adoptontrio website for all parties considering adoption. So how exactly are decisions around a match made?
Professionals get involved. Birth parents talk to a counsellor who is a neutral party. The repsonsiblity of the counsellor is in part to help a birth parent determine what they believe is best for their child and for themselves given their current circumstances. Prospective adoptive parents contact an approved practitioner for a home study and an agency or licensee to help facilitate the process. Once a home study recommendation is made for approval that is when prospective parents often put their information on line.
When considering what to put in a profile remember to be yourself. You can never guess what someone else might be looking for so do not even try. Honesty is the best policy because the right match is based on who you are not what you think someone else may or may not be looking for. In general birth parents want to find people most like them who can provide alot of love and stability to their child. Sometimes they would like to know they will receive information after the fact or even that they may be able to have some visits along the way.
Prospective adoptive parents want to know what the birth family really wants. They wonder what type of parents those thinking about placement are looking for for their child. Common questions often surround the amount of contact the birth family wants from them or is willing to offer themselves going forward. They also wonder what agencies are looking for when they match children with families.
Agencies are first and foremost representatives for the child or children. They are looking for families to meet the needs of children who may need families. This means that they are considering age, health, behaviours, birth history, levels of openess that would be best for the child or children, any special needs a child may have and whether these can be met by prosepctive parents. Again what this means is that the more open and honest all parties are about who they are, the better able an agency is to find a family that is just right for the child they may have waiting.
Why does it take so long to adopt? With all the tools and all the technoloogy it seems the adoption process is slower then ever. The answer: It is complicated and very much depends on the age and needs of the children that would be best suited to a particular family. In spite of the complexity and the wait, giving a child a chance for stability, care and love that will be there for a life time is always worth it.