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We all have things we don’t feel comfortable sharing, but sometimes, those things are part of your story. Knowing how to talk about sensitive topics in your adoption profile is a valuable skill, and a decision-making process we can help you with.
An adoption profile can seem overwhelming. We get it. We see it all the time – after working with thousands of families, we know it doesn’t always feel like an easy task. Societal taboos and expectations might make you feel scared to talk about something that has happened in your life – in adoption profiles, it may feel especially difficult to talk about your experiences.
But, we’re here to help you make your adoption profile easy. It doesn’t have to be daunting, and you don’t have to wonder if you’re saying the wrong thing or sharing too much. Let’s talk about it!
Divorce, child loss, illness – sensitive topics in your adoption profile are a part of your story, so how should you talk about them? Everyone has had different life experiences. Do not feel ashamed or fearful of these things. Own your story.
Divorce is pretty common in the United States. Many of the hopeful adoptive parents we work with have remarried and want nothing more than to spend the rest of their lives together with children.
When talking about previous marriages or relationships, we don’t need to touch on the nitty gritty. Keep it short and sweet, and focus on the future.
Not everyone is close with their family. Some of us come from broken homes or situations that we don’t like to talk about. Finding ways to talk about this tough topic in adoption profiles can be awkward, especially since you’re talking about welcoming a child into your family.
If you don’t have good relationships with family, talk about the people in your life who love and support you instead. Many choose to talk about friends who have become family, or others who have lovingly filled that role. We know that love extends beyond biology!
It is perfectly okay to talk about health issues you have faced. After all, that might be why you are pursuing adoption. Talk with your caseworker to see how much detail you should include in your adoption profile.
The loss of a child is one of the most awful, heartbreaking and difficult things anyone may ever experience. It’s an unimaginable loss that will stay with you forever. Remember, if this is part of your story, that it might be an incredibly hard thing for an expectant mother to hear.
We absolutely want to honor this part of your life, and this child (or children) who was and is still, so, so loved. But we also want to assure the reader that you are ready to embrace the child you welcome. If you show too much distress, the reader might be worried that you are not ready.
We will carefully work with you to help you touch on this while being respectful and compassionate.
Losing a sibling or a parent is not easy. It can shape the rest of your life.
If you have lost a loved one and it is an important part of your story, the “Our Family” or “My Family” section may be a good place to touch on that. We can help you talk about it in a way that honors this family member and lets the reader know how this experience has changed your life.
There might be other things you find really difficult to talk about. Talk with your caseworker or let your writing couch know that you need a little extra help. It’s OK to feel this way, and we are here to help you.
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