Hello everyone out there searching the inter-webs of the cyber world! I am looking for some help, ideas and advice. After our last training meeting two weeks ago for our adoption journey, we learned that we need to find a way to ‘market’ ourselves to possible birth families out there. We were told that the agency will do 50% marketing and we should do the other 50% marketing.
So, I am wondering if you’ve gone through the adoption process in the past or if you know someone who has that would be willing to give advice I am all ears! We have a website (through our agency – the also have 2 profile books we printed and delivered for profile viewings), I try and keep this blog going and we have told anyone and everyone who we talk to about our adoption adventure. We have also reached out to our church and they know we are an official waiting family, we also let our adoption support group at church know as well.
Some of the suggestions from our training:
- Add a little business card to our holiday cards for friends and family to pass along to those at their church, or if they know of a potential birth family
- Make flyers and hang up around town (coffee shops, churches, clinics, work…) this one makes me a little more nervous
- Create an email for all potential birth families vs using our personal email addresses
- Create multiple profiles for different adoption sites so we are now more visible (there is a cost involved with this option, more than the other options)
One of the families that the agency has worked with created a Craigs List ‘ad’ and actually ended up finding their birth family that way! They did say that they needed to do a LOT of screening and that their social worker talked with multiple people to figure out if they were real interests and not scams. Also right now agencies are noticing that there aren’t a lot of birth families creating adoption plans, this makes me a little nervous as well, I know our child is out there just really unsure of when we will meet them.
With all that said, we need your help! Please feel free to share our story, website, or contact information with anyone and everyone you know 🙂
Website: Ryan and Marianne
Until next time!!