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If you search the term “Innovation in Adoption” on Google, the majority of results you get are articles related to the “adoption” of technology in various industries over recent years. But what about innovation in the FIELD of adoption?
Adoption has happened in the U.S. (whether legally, or under the radar) for centuries. In those terms, international adoption is relatively new, having taken off in the 1950’s. But the ways in which the field of adoption has changed over the past 60 years, particularly with the advent of web technology and social media, is astounding:
- Email has vastly changed the way that WACAP is able to communicate with our families, adoption officials and partner NGOs. Nowadays, many questions can be asked immediately and answered promptly without the need to wait for mutually-scheduled phone calls across time zones. Family home studies are regularly emailed to us from social workers across the country. Children’s files, photos, and even video are often available to WACAP immediately via government websites, or through direct emails from our partners in each country. Even when original paper documents are required, delivery services such as FedEx and DHS have made the world a much smaller place.
- Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools have vastly expanded the way that WACAP is able to advocate for children, keep our families up-to-date on the latest news, and connect our families with one another. Last year we launched our private Facebook support group where families can share resources and tips for handling bumps in the road, as well as celebrate triumphs with one another as they raise their children. WACAP has also experienced recent success with engaging a handful of well-connected, placed parents to advocate on behalf of WACAP’s waiting children via blogs, Facebook groups, and other social media venues (if this is something you’d like to do, please let us know: email@example.com)
- Families wishing to adopt a child no longer request hard copy “photobooks” of waiting children from WACAP. These days, families can regularly search the agency websites to find a child that might be right for their family. At WACAP, our waiting child website is updated daily with new children’s profiles and those who have been matched with families are removed in real time. Never before has there been access to so much information on waiting children!
WACAP looks forward to launching a freshly updated website in the coming weeks. Families should find the new waiting child search and other pages much easier to navigate, whether using a desktop or mobile device. While technology continues to evolve at a lightning pace, one thing is certain – we at WACAP will continue to use these tools in ways that will ensure the greatest number of children come home to families where they will be loved and cherished.
About WACAP’s Director of Communications, Julie Snyder: Julie joined the organization in 2008. Her role includes managing WACAP’s website and webinars, social media, advertising and internet marketing campaigns. Julie’s role at home includes being mom to her six-year-old daughter adopted through the China Waiting Child program.