Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Katie Scott from Basic Invites.
The journey through adoption is always unique – no two people have the same story, the same process, or have taken the same road leading them to their new family. All stories are equally beautiful and deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated with the perfect adoption announcement and adoption shower invitations.
Since adoption cases have many variables there are a few things to keep in mind when creating adoption announcements and adoption shower invitations. Here are some of the main factors to consider and the best way to navigate each with perfect etiquette.
Adoption Announcement Etiquette
How Do Age & Dates Come Into Play
Don’t forget to document all of the important dates that represent your family’s journey through adoption. Keep in mind the birth date, the adoption date, and any other dates that mark something official within the adoption, such as the date your child finally came home with you. There is a lot of flexibility in what you call the adoption date and many parents end up using several dates on their announcements. Common dates are the day you first met your child, the date the adoption was finalized, or any other date that has significance to you. For toddlers, foster children, and teens, omitting birth statistics and indicating just the birth or adoption date, is extremely common and highly acceptable.
When To Send Out Adoption Announcements
This will weigh heavily on when the adoption is finalized. When going through a domestic adoption, parents are advised to wait about 30-60 days before sending out adoption announcements. This is a period of the adoption commonly referred to as the “honeymoon period” where the biological parents are able to rescind their decision to place a child for adoption. Although post-placement revocations are rare and happen only about 1-2% of the time, it is a possibility that should always be taken into consideration.
International adoptions are always finalized before the child can leave their birth country. In these cases, adoptive parents usually send out their announcements as soon as they get home!
Once the legalities are finalized, a good rule of thumb is to send out your announcements within six months of the date you officially bring your child home. This gives leeway to those with an international adoption to get home and get settled, and allows any delay for that post-placement time period to pass before sending anything out prematurely.
Who Should Receive An Adoption Announcement
During an adoption, families tend to interact and build relationships with a large circle of supporters – be sure to thank each and every one of them! Family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers should always be on the mailing list to receive an adoption announcement, but don’t forget those who have helped you with the adoption along the way! Social workers, liaisons, and adoption agencies are common examples of those you’ll want to thank with an announcement.
Keeping your loved ones up to date on the pending adoption through social media outlets or a blog dedicated to the adoption is another great way to keep them informed while you are busy getting your home ready for your child’s arrival.
How To Word Adoption Announcements
There are many different ways to word your adoption announcement. Especially with adoption, family circumstances vary – use your unique family make-up to your advantage and set the tone of your announcement by representing the individuality of your family’s dynamic through your wording.