Is Social Media the New Adoption Agency?
Years ago, if you wanted to adopt a baby you usually went through the long, sometimes grueling process of working with an agency. Today, some families are finding that social media is quicker, less expensive, and much more successful.
For example, Tracey and Dan Citron created a social media blitz – letting pregnant women everywhere know that they were looking for a baby to adopt, legally of course.
They put up a Facebook page, got a Twitter account, and advertised on Craigslist. They got their baby and hopefully are living happily ever after.
I think social media is actually a pretty smart way to go when you want to get the word out about something, whether it is your desire to adopt or your desire to get a new job.
You reach thousands of people all over the world in a matter of minutes. Rather than just having a few hundred prospects in your immediate location you have immediate contact with someone who is looking for a family for her child.
Bring in the lawyers and get it done – no waiting two years to make the A list at an adoption agency or have a foreign government release a child to you.
I can also see where there are those that would look askance at this particular method. It would be difficult to monitor to ensure children weren’t being sold, for one thing.
It would also be easy for the prospective adoptive parents to get scammed if they weren’t careful.
Social media is good for a lot of things, but do you think that is beneficial as a way to find a child to adopt?