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Adoption: Social Media Accounts and Privacy Issues

Adoption: Social Media Accounts and Privacy Issues

One of the ways in which prospective adoptive parents publicize their adoption profiles is through online social media sites, i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc. Many feel that doing so allows them to more easily advertise their desire to adopt. One issue that commonly comes up with those interested in this tactic is privacy.

Prospective adoptive parents interested in setting up “adoption pages” on social media platforms may be new to the social media world. Some have never even had personal pages before the need arose for them to publicize their desire to adopt a child. When this is the case, it’s not out of the norm for new users to fear the loss of their anonymity with prospective birth families. They feared the constant and seemingly forced sharing of confidential or “private” information.

How do you spread the word using Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites without losing control of your confidential information?

  • Learn about privacy settings: depending upon which social media site you decide to utilize, you may be able to pick and choose which information is shared with the “public” and which is reserved for limited access (friends, acquaintances, etc.)
  • Set up a social media account that is separate from any of your personal accounts so that you can simply share the information on the “adoption page” that you want to be accessible.
  • Don’t share your last name on the account title and never publish an email address containing your last name in its entirety.
  • Remember not to connect your personal page with your adoption page by “liking” or “following” it, etc.
  • Don’t share your home phone number on your page or it will be accessible for anyone to use in a reverse lookup to find your personal information.
  • Don’t share any work email addresses – you don’t necessarily want anyone to know where you are employed.
  • Consider pictures before posting to make sure they aren’t communicating personal information visually.
  • Watch what others post to your page to ensure that your personal info isn’t shared by well meaning friends or family.
If you are worried about privacy protection in relation to your prospective adoption, please get in touch with the experienced adoption lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys today. We can answer your questions and address your concerns.
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