The internet has become a primary means of communication. First came email that allowed us to keep in touch. Then came instant messaging and video chat, enabling us to have conversations in real-time and eye to eye. Now, because of Facebook and other social media, we can find and reconnect with those we’ve lost touch with. More recently, we have seen a trend toward sites, like Match.com, that offer people the opportunity to meet for the first time. What, then, does this mean for families trying to adopt? For adoptive families forging an open relationship with their child’s birth family? Great questions, and the adoption community isn’t wasting any time. Here is a list of websites doing a great job being a platform for open adoption relationships.
Adoption Share is an online community for home study approved adoptive families, birthparents, and licensed agencies. Support one another, ask questions, and potentially find your match. They are currently offering a free membership for one year.
Adoption Voices is a social network that includes all parts of the adoption triad. Create a free profile, join groups, start discussions, and browse photos.
Adoptive Families Circle is a community of people whose lives have been touched by adoption. It’s a great place to find support and share adoption stories, and it gives you access to exclusive blogs and contests.
Open Adoption Support is a forum for positive discussion by true believers in open adoption. It is moderated by an adoptive mother who is vested in the value of open adoption. It’s a trusted source for getting and giving advice and giving advice in the form of “community wisdom” as dubbed by the site.
As a licensed open adoption agency, we want to see healthy open adoption relationships develop and stay strong, and in today’s world technology is helping nurture this.