Facebook, YouTube and MySpace aren't just for social networking anymore. Now, couples that want to adopt are using these sites to fulfill their dreams of having children.
Adoptive couples looking to find a child often have to wait months or years for a baby. Now, in order to relate to young expecting mothers, couples are posting videos and messages on social networking sites to sell themselves as parents -- which seems to sense with teh large number of young people who are constantly online. "Even before teens talk to an adoption agency, they may already be trying to Google for an answer online," says Jeff Siller, the owner of a Parentgallery.com, a site where couples can post pictures and videos with the hopes to adopt.
CNN reports that pregnant college student Amanda came upon a video of a couple that had been trying to get pregnant for five years. Amanda said, "The video was so comforting and I could relate to them. It's so hard when you are just reading a letter to figure out what are these people like."
Adoption agencies agree, but acknowledge that it's a crap shoot. Roughly 15,000 domestic adoptions get finalized each year, but the amount of couples wanting to adopt far outweighs this number.
Is there a downside? Karen Greenberg, president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, warns that advertising on Craigslist or Facebook can be a "hotbed for scams, with little to no regulations to oversee what's actually going on."
Then again, there are many success stories.