As we have gone through our journey of adoption, we have desired to share our story with our friends and family as well as brighten others’ cloudy views of adoption. My husband and I consider it a great privilege to be able to bring others alongside us on our adoption journey, from the first meeting with an adoption agency to the mounds of paperwork, home study visits, fundraising efforts, and now as we wait in hopes of our future child coming to find a home with us.
Social media has been one way for us to share our story on a larger scale. Here are some of the ways we’ve used social media during our wait to adopt:
Gaining Insight from Other Adoptive Parents
We first used our social media connections to ask questions of friends who we knew or had seen posting about adoption in the past. Our intentions were to gain from others’ experiences and knowledge of the adoption process so that we would be more prepared as we entered into it ourselves. This was a tremendous benefit for my husband and I, as we were very unaware of most of the details involved in adoption, much less how to get started. Our friends were gracious enough to share their information as well as offer inspiration for this calling on our lives.
Updating Friends and Family on Our Adoption Journey
As we leapt into the trenches of all that was required of us to progress through the steps of adoption, we shared on social media to keep our friends updated on the process and how lengthy it can seem just to be approved. Educating our friends and family was important to us, and social media was the fastest and most effective way to share the most important information while reaching a vast audience.
Fundraising for Adoption
Once our approval for the adoption was finalized, our focus turned to fundraising as we prepared for the financial responsibility that accompanies adoption. We organized many fundraisers and shared each and every one of them on our social media accounts to bolster as much support as possible. This became a huge benefit to our fundraisers, because it allowed a greater number of people to offer assistance through our fundraising opportunities.
Reaching Out for Support During Hard Times
We also chose to share with our friends on social media about our failed adoption match. This permitted others to share in our grief as well as see that adoption has its highs and lows for all parties involved. People encouraged us through one of the lows so that we could set our eyes to a better perspective and hopeful opportunity that awaits us in the future.
Our family will continue to share our story on social media as we wait, continue to fundraise, and when we eventually become matched with a child. It is important to us that we are transparent about each step along the way and illustrate that bringing a child into our family was a journey that at times crippled our expectations but also fortified our faith. We want to encourage others in our story as well as offer knowledge one day to the couple who saw it all unfold.
Jill is a 32-year-old wife and mom. She has been married to her husband, Brannon, for eight years and has 5-year-old and 1-year-old daughters. Jill and her husband are currently in the adoption process to bring another baby into their home. Jill lives in a small community in Kentucky. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish and obtained her Master’s degree in Christian Ministries. Jill’s passions are her faith, her family, writing, playing sports, and eating good food.