- Posted on May 20, 2013
- in Resources
If you’re planning to adopt a newborn, one thing you will have fun doing is creating an adoptive parent profile. This profile is what will be shown to birthmothers who are considering adoption for their baby. Think of the adoptive parent profile as a resume - but instead of getting chosen for a new career, you are being chosen to provide an everlasting home for a child. The ideal adoptive parent profile should be light, fun, passionate and truly paint a picture of who you are. As part of our marketing services to prospective adoptive parents, Everlasting Adoptions will help you design and create this profile which is your most important marketing tool. It is the very first impression that you will make! After we have fun creating and designing colors, captions, quotes and clip art, together, you can be assured that you will have an adoptive parent profile that stands out to expecting birthparents. Adopting a newborn is an amazing experience, and we want it to be joyful and memorable for every set of adoptive parents.
From the professional staff at Everlasting Adoptions, here are 3 tips on how to make your adoptive parent profile shine:
Speak from the Heart
The best thing you can do is be honest and true. You will definitely want to spend some time thinking about what you want to say, but once you have an idea of your message, let the words flow naturally. You don’t want to overdo it, or sugar coat things so much that the message sounds forced. If you are passionate about adopting a baby (and we know you are) let your heart do the talking. It will never fail you!
Show, Don’t Tell
Through your words, illustrate your lifestyle and location as best you can. Describe things thoroughly and in great detail. Giving up a child for adoption is a huge decision, and birthmothers want to know as much as possible about adoptive parents. Instead of saying “we live in a suburban neighborhood” say, “we live in suburban neighborhood 20 miles from the city. It is a tight-knit community where children and families can often be found outside playing or mingling with other neighbors.” Emphasize all the great things about your lifestyle, family and community. Showing, not telling, is crucial to an adoptive parent profile because birthmothers want to envision the life her child could have with you.
Choose Your Best Photos
First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to a birthmother choosing an adoptive family. The photographs and captions you include in your adoptive parent profile are frequently the determining factor in whether or not she reads your profile (not chooses you to parent – but reads your profile). At a minimum, birthmothers make initial judgments based on your photos. Make sure the photos you add to your profile are warm, welcoming, and give off a good sense of who you are. Many adoptive parents like to share photos of their wedding, extended family members, memorable vacations, pets, past holidays, hobbies and their home. Your photos should be of good quality: clear, sharp, and in focus. Close up pictures, where birthmother can see features, are much better than those that are far away.