Creating an Adoption Blog – The Best Way to Stand Out
The current ratio of parents wanting to adopt to infants being placed for adoption is 36 to 1. As a perspective adoptive parent you might be wondering how you can improve your chances of being selected for adoption. This is a question that we get asked quite often. Like other agencies, Heart to Heart Adoptions provides a gallery featuring profiles of our adoptive families. Galleries are great, but they lack the personality and depth that birth parents are searching for. They are trying to find the best match for their baby. A birth mother doesn’t want to place her baby with just anyone. She wants to know that the family she selects will be able to best provide for her child. The best advice we can offer is to start your own adoption blog. You can use a free blog like Blogger or WordPress to get started today.
Creating an Adoption Blog – Use Media to Tell Your Story
An adoption blog is a great way to showcase all of the reasons that a birth mother should choose you to raise her child. Blogs are easy to set up and easy to update. And best of all, they are media friendly. No birth parent wants to read through pages and pages of written text about you and your family. Pictures and videos bring your story to life for them. Your adoption blog will help you stand out from the other families that only provided a gallery profile. Here are some suggestions we have for creating the perfect adoption blog for your family.
Creating an Adoption Blog – Make it Easy For a Birth Parent to Learn About You?
It’s important to keep in perspective what a birth parent might be looking for and then set up your blog accordingly. Set up multiple pages on your adoption blog. Set up individual pages for each person in your family. Set up additional pages for anything you feel would be important to highlight. Make sure that your blog is easy to navigate. You want to make it super easy for visitors to your adoption blog to learn about your family. Think about the overall message you want to convey. Most importantly, use high quality pictures and videos. If you need to, hire a professional hybrid photographer to take pictures and video of your family. Include pictures of: activities you like to do together, your hobbys, your home, your friends, holidays, traditions and anything else that points to your overarching message to a birth mother. Make sure to share pictures and information about extended family too. Who will be the aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents? Does your family adoption blog make it easy for a birth mother to picture their child as part of your family?
Creating an Adoption Blog – Make it Very Personal
One of the most important aspects of your adoption blog is that it should be very personal. Being vague about your relationship with your spouse, children and family members will come across as impersonal and uncaring. Being open and personal can be difficult, especially on a public adoption blog. However, sharing heartfelt and meaningful feelings about your family helps a birth mother to know just how much their child will be loved if she selects your family. Make sure that you and your spouse write your feelings separately. How will it look if everything is obviously written by just one of you?
Creating an Adoption Blog – Share it with Everyone
When you’ve completed your blog, make sure to include contact information for your adoption agency and case worker. Then link to your blog from everywhere you can. Post it on Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Twitter, Delicious, … everywhere. Ask all of your friends to share it. Have your adoption agency put a link to your blog in a conspicuous place in your gallery profile. Ask for feedback from your family and friends as well. You want to see if they received the same message and feeling you intended to convey. Follow these steps and you’ll have a much better chance of being matched because of how easy it will be for birth parents to get to know you.