AdoptMatch | The Big 3: Preserve, Protect, Restore.



1TO PRESERVE ADOPTION AS AN OPTION

To preserve adoption as a safe choice for a woman facing an unintended pregnancy when parenting is not the best option for her child, and for adoptive parents facing infertility who desire to provide a stable, loving home for a child.

Adoption gives an expectant mother not ready or equipped to parent the opportunity to provide for her child in a deeply intentional way. If we want to preserve adoption as a safe choice for women, it has to be a fully-informed choice – one she makes only after receiving neutral options education, pre-placement counseling, guidance from licensed, adoption-competent professionals, and the promise of access to high-quality, long-term post-adoption support. 

Domestic adoption can be an incredible path to parenthood or a way to expand a family for those unable to conceive a child. Preserving this option for hopeful adoptive parents means ensuring they receive comprehensive pre-placement adoption education, guidance from licensed, adoption-competent professionals, adequate information, and transparency regarding fees and costs. 

“Adoption is a uniquely complex process that requires a balancing of the needs, rights, and responsibilities of all parties while ensuring that the child’s best interests remain paramount.”

2TO PROTECT THOSE CONSIDERING ADOPTION

To protect vulnerable expectant mothers and adoptive parents considering adoption from profit-motivated individuals who prey upon them through deceptive advertising, lack of transparency, and outright fraud.

Domestic adoption is languishing under an avalanche of much-deserved criticism stemming from the predatory practices of adoption professionals seeking to profit from vulnerable adoptive and expectant parents, and outright fraud by individuals masquerading as prospective birth mothers. We all know there’s something not right in the adoption world, but these practices have taken hold and continue, “business as usual.” If we want to safeguard adoption, we have to honestly assess what is happening and begin making revisions to current laws, policies, and practices.

3Restoration

To restore access to licensed, educated, and experienced adoption professionals for those who need their services.

Adoption is a uniquely complex process that requires a balancing of the needs, rights, and responsibilities of all parties while ensuring that the child’s best interests remain paramount. The expanded role of the internet in the matching process has made it easy for unlicensed, often disreputable intermediaries, to intercept expectant mothers and hopeful adoptive parents and deprive them of needed support from licensed adoption agencies, attorneys, and adoption-competent counselors. This transactional approach to adoption often causes lasting damage for all involved, especially the child.

AdoptMatch’s Big 3 Reasons haven’t changed since we first began in 2017 and we’re more committed than ever to our mission to promote ethical adoption practices.

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