Have you ever heard of an
adoption profile? If you have, it’s quite likely that you are a prospective adoptive
parent. You might know the adoption profile by another name: family profiles,
parent profiles, dear birthmother letters, adoption profiles, adoption
portfolios, etc. Those responsible for perusing these documents agree
that the adoption profile (refer to it how you would like) is one of the
most important elements of the adoption process. You can network and market
your heart out, but if your adoption profile is lukewarm or forgettable,
you’ll have a hard time seeing results from your efforts. If you’d
like to make your adoption profile stand out from the stack, consider
Adoption Profile Tips: Stand Out From the Pack
#1 – Be Genuine
#2 – Photographs and Captions Have to Reach Out and GRAB the Reader
#3 – SHOW, Don’t Tell
Most individuals and
couples considering adoption assume that the adoption profile’s purpose is to present information
about themselves. That is one of the purposes of the adoption profile,
but not the most important. You also have to present the big picture –
what life would be like for the adopted child in your family/home. Do
this while being completely sincere and honest – and you’ve
just created a genuine adoption profile. Don’t be scared to mention
that your family has a large dog because you might “turn someone
off.” This line of reasoning is going to result in a lackluster
profile that a lot of birth parents will think is fine. That’s not
your purpose. You aren’t playing a game of who can be the most popular.
You want to really connect or stand out to just a few expectant parents.
Share who you are with them so they will recognize you as the “one”
when they see you.
Photos and captions on the first page of your adoption profile are often
the determining factors regarding whether or not the expectant parents
read the profile at all. You want them to read it – so make sure
those photographs and accompanying captions are great. Make them representative
of who you are and what your family and home would be like for the adopted child.
If you aren’t sure how to show rather than tell…think of it
as the difference between a list of facts and a story that provides an
overall picture of the family. Tell your story. It’s much more likely
to make a connection than simple facts alone.
Your adoption profile is important. It’s one of the earliest steps
in the adoption process. Do your best to start off on a good note by utilizing
the above tips. If you have other questions about the adoption profile
or other aspects of the adoption process, please get in touch with the
adoption lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys.