Tips for Using the Internet to Adopt
- Do your homework. Online groups offer supportive places to raise questions, share successes, and rejoice with others.
- Develop a personal Web site that reflects your family. Describe in detail the qualities that make your family special. Make sure that family photos are close-up enough to see your eyes.
- Find a good adoption Web site. Post your family's resume with a reputable posting site. Find out exactly which services adoption sites provide and how much they cost. Be wary of guarantees that you'll find a birthmother within a certain amount of time.
- Protect your privacy. Don't list your employer, salary, home or work phone numbers, or your address online.
- Hire an experienced adoption lawyer or agency. Professionals can alert you to potential problems or scams. Use an adoption professional to screen birthmother inquiries. Be wary of those who send a number of e-mails but give you no way to reach them other than by e-mail. Demands for payment or a quick decision are a red flag.
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