In today’s society, social media is arguably the easiest and most efficient way to spread the news. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to share information across different platforms. Since so much of our research and communication is done on the internet, it is reasonable for many prospective parents to look to the internet for resources. Often, social media is a popular way for people to share parts of their lives. In recent years, this has begun to shape the adoption process. These platforms have provided valuable resources for prospective parents. They also provide an easy way for birth parents to communicate with prospective parents. In fact, social media has even become a tool that both prospective and birth parents alike can use to help match the adoptee with a family. More and more stories are beginning to surface of families that have found their child through Instagram. In a world that’s becoming increasingly more connected, using social media seems like a reasonable way to navigate the adoption journey. With all this at our fingertips, what could possibly be the catch?
While there are many positive aspects of social media especially in its ability to provide valuable connections and resources for people throughout the adoption journey, there can also be severe consequences in choosing this route for adoption instead of using an accredited agency. For example, in February of 2019, a major Instagram adoption scam dramatically impacted the lives of a Michigan couple who was hoping to adopt. A hacker posed as a young woman from Atlanta who wished to place her child for adoption. Initially, things appeared to be going well as the young mother began to communicate with the couple. After the couple became certain that they would be placed with the child, communication ceased, causing incredible emotional turmoil for the parents. A few weeks later the birth mother reached out, this time claiming that the child had been born and that the adoption could proceed. After a few days, once again communication ceased. The Michigan couple realized that the mother had never intended to place the child with them, but rather, she enjoyed playing with their emotions. After the couple posted about their heartbreak on Instagram, it turned out that this same hacker had contacted many prospective parents using different accounts. While the couple acknowledges that while their scammer did not take money or try to steal their information, she took much more. Emotional extortion is perhaps one of the most heartbreaking and painful ordeals.
The internet may seem like a much quicker, intimate, and easier way to connect with your future child, the risks may be much more severe. Adoption agencies, such as Adoption Choices of Kansas, provide services ranging from matching prospective parents with a child, counseling services, educational resources, home study inspections, preparing and assisting in the paperwork and more. Agencies will work directly with the client and provide advice and care for clients. Choosing to go through an agency may take longer, but the professionals are accredited and vetted to ensure that scams will not happen. When it comes to building a family, adoption agencies do their best to provide direct and individualized care for their clients.
There is no denying that there are positives and negatives to any adoption route. However, the internet can be just as dangerous as it is useful. Adoption agencies work towards finding a successful outcome for their clients. When it comes to creating a welcoming and safe environment for your future family the cost can be great. Make sure that you are making the best decision for you and your future family.
Whether you are an expectant woman facing an unplanned pregnancy or a hopeful family considering adoption as a route to grow your family, Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri is your team! Call Us 877-903-4488 or Text Us 316-209-2071 NOW!