Sitting in the rocking chair with my son on my lap, I read to him from a book. This isn’t an ordinary book, however. This is a Lifebook; a book all about him. This book begins with pictures and the story of his birth parents and gives child sensitive information regarding their path to creating an adoption plan. There are many reasons birth parents come to the decision to place their child for adoption. In some situations a child may be adopted at an older age or go through foster care. Whatever the reason, a Lifebook is a a historical book about your child.
A few days ago I got an email from Luke, Outreach Coordinator at Adoption.Net. I have followed adoption.net on Facebook for a bit, but I was unaware of some of the changes they were making until he messaged me and suggested I browse the site to see the online community they are building.
Luke is an adoptee and clearly very passionate about the outreach program. He stated that this is “a new site and have started with blog stories, an adoption agency directory and a Q & A area, but we are working on some innovative ways for people interested in adopting or children who are adopted to build an online community. Right now we are trying to get the word out about our site so that people can take advantage of it. ”
Obviously, I love a good adoption resource, so I was eager to check it out! The website is easy to navigate and has clearly marked sections for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents. It has links to waiting parent profiles, blogs, news, community and a directory. I could spend all day long looking through the directory. The resources listed are endless!
I went to the heading titled “Pregnant”, because I was curious how they addressed women considering adoption. The first thing you come to after clicking is a list of steps to help a women who thinks she is pregnant, when she may be terrified and not thinking clearly. It tells her to take a test, call a doctor, contact the father, reach out to a counselor and talk to her family. It’s not a glaring “place your baby for adoption” page. It provides all available options a woman has for her pregnancy and IF she chooses adoption, there is a link to waiting families and other resources, but it’s not pushy.
The next section of the site I browsed was “Adopting”. It was well laid out with information for several avenues of adopting. It had a lot of valuable information and sections dedicated to more in depth topics. I liked that it and other sections have a Q&A heading as well as a guide to resources which includes articles.
I am glad Luke messaged me and hopefully you find the site helpful.