When you’re a prospective birth mother, looking for the ideal adoptive family for your baby can feel like a challenge. Fortunately, there is a great way that you can narrow down your search for the perfect family for your baby — adoptive family profiles.
Right now, you’re probably wondering, “What are adoptive family flyers?” Don’t worry — we’ll answer all of your questions below.
Here is what you should know as a prospective birth mother if you’re searching for “families-looking-to-adopt” resumes and profiles.
What to Expect From Each Prospective Adoptive Parent Profile
Adoptive family profiles are one of the best ways for you to find a loving home for your child. All adoption profiles are unique, but in each profile you can typically expect to see:
- An introduction to a family’s life
- Their occupations
- Their hobbies
- Their goals for adoption
- How they plan to raise a child
- The opportunities they want to give your child
- And so much more
For the families wanting to adopt, profiles are a great way to connect with prospective birth mothers just like you. There are hundreds of adoptive family profiles to look through, however, so there are some things to keep in mind during your search.
What You Should Look for in Adoptive Family Profiles
When you’re looking through a variety of adoptive family profiles, it’s good to have an idea of what you want before you even start. Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you consider how to create the perfect future for your baby:
- Do I want the adoptive family to closely resemble myself and my baby?
- Do I want the adoptive family to believe in the same religion that I do?
- Do I want my baby to grow up an only child? Or do I want them to grow up surrounded by the love of siblings?
- Do I want to have a relationship with the adoptive parents before, during and after the adoption is complete?
Your adoption specialist will also be there every step of the way to help you find what you’re looking for in an adoption profile. Of course, you can always ask them for more ideas to help you find the perfect adoptive family for your baby.
Why Do Some Agencies Use Video Profiles?
It can be hard to get to know someone through a few pictures alone. That’s why some adoption agencies use both online adoptive parent profiles and video profiles.
Video profiles are a great way to become familiar with an adoptive family in a few short minutes. In each of the videos of parents looking to adopt a newborn, you’ll learn about their:
- Unique personalities
- Reasons for adoption
- Children — and, if so, their relationship with those children
- Excitement at having the chance to grow their family
Every adoptive family films their video profile themselves. With each video adoption profile, you’ll be able to find a family that truly speaks to you.
How Can I Find Open Adoption Family Profiles?
If you’re planning to maintain a relationship with your child after the adoption, you’ll want to make sure that the adoptive parent profiles you look through mention open communication so they can meet your goals. You can let your adoption specialist know that this is part of your criteria while looking for adoption profile samples.
Once you find the right family, you can share:
- As much information about yourself as you would like
- Pictures and letters describing your life to the adoptive family
- Phone calls and emails as frequently as you would prefer
- And more
An open adoption might not be for everyone. If you don’t plan to have any contact with your child after the adoption, you have every right to choose a closed adoption with the adoptive family and your baby.
If you find profiles of adoptive parents that you like, but they’re not comfortable with your post‐adoption contact agreement, it’s okay to go your separate ways. As a woman considering adoption, you have every right to choose the future that you’d like for your baby, no matter what it looks like.
Where to Find Adoptive Parent Profiles
Adoption profiles can be found on just about every adoption agency’s website. To help you get started, here are a few agencies that you might look into.
If you’re not planning to work with an adoption agency, you can also find ads of people looking to adopt privately online. If this is the best option for you, it’s important to make sure that the families that you’re looking for are safe and ready to bring a child into their home. For more help, you can contact an adoption specialist, an adoption attorney, or another adoption professional.