Facebook has reported recently that there are over 480 million daily active users. There is no doubt that it is affecting the way we all communicate. Many adoption agencies are starting to use Facebook to reach out to birthmothers – and why not? With so many millions of daily users that stretch all across the U.S., Facebook can help speed up the adoption process.
Here are some ways that Facebook can help you on your infant adoption journey:
1. Create a Facebook page for your adoption. By putting your information on a special page, you are creating another way to connect with a birthmother. This is a great way to present your profile on a social media platform that has the ability to reach so many potential birthmothers. You may even come across someone who knows a potential birthmother.
Here is an article about how a couple successfully adopted a newborn after making an adoption Facebook page and another about a couple who found a birthmother through Facebook. If you need some help with putting together your adoption Facebook page, check out HopingToAdopt.org’s Get Found page where they will customize an adoption Facebook page for you for $29.99.
Adoptionhelp.org shares some ways to make your page secure and tips on how to make the most of your Facebook presence.
2. Create or join an adoption support group. I have found it incredibly helpful to be a part of a support group that has couples in the same or similar situations as we are. Facebook can help you connect with other adoptive couples – here’s a few tips on how to do that:
–In your Facebook search line, type “adoption support” or “adoption groups” (be sure to use the quotation marks). This will bring up some adoption support groups that you can join. This is definitely not as beneficial as a face-to-face support group, but it is the next best thing.
–You can also search for adoption groups in the area that you live. For example, in the Facebook search line, type “California adoption support” or “adoption support in California”.
What do you think? Have you found some other ways to use Facebook for your adoption journey? Let me know by entering your comments below or email me.
How to use Facebook on your infant adoption journey » Infant Adoption Guide bit.ly/yhjvg7
— Tim Elder (@tim4adoption) March 1, 2012