Have you made the decision to adopt a baby and want to let everyone know? Make an adoption announcement so everyone will know you are looking for a child to adopt.
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When you finally make the decision to adopt a child, there is so much excitement. There is a lot of paperwork and preparation to be done, but one of the most difficult parts of the adoption process is the waiting, especially if you are hoping for a private adoption.
Tell These People First
Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of a new chapter opening in our lives that we forget to let important people know first. Think about the people in your life that would want to know about your decision to adopt before a public announcement is made.
If you already have children, you should certainly tell them about your decision. Even if you have already told them before, be sure to tell them again. Answer their questions and tell them that you are about to make an announcement so they will be expecting other people to know.
Grandparents in particular may face questions about their feelings about your decision to adopt and would probably like time to prepare to answer those questions.
Close Friends and Family
Close friends or other family who might be directly impacted by your decision to adopt, should be told in advance of an adoption announcement.
How to Announce Your Adoption
There are lots of fun ways to do an adoption announcement and allow friends and family to get involved with growing your family from the very beginning.
Adoption Photo Shoot
One fun way to announce your adoption is to do an adoption photo shoot and share the pictures with family and friends. Adoption pictures can be taken before and after the adoption.
Check out my Pinterest board here for some of the best adoption announcement photos I have found online. Read about how to have an amazing adoption photo shoot here.
Adoption Announcement Party
Hosting a party to celebrate your decision to adopt is a idea much like a gender reveal party. Use the party to share the excitement with your family and friends. Share as much information as you have. Chose a bible verse to include in your announcement.
If you are fostering to adopt, hosting an open house to celebrate opening your home is a beautiful idea.
Use Social Media
Online pregnancy and gender reveals are popular right now. Using social media, even people who do not live close to you can be a part of your announcement.
- Facebook live is a great way to host an online announcement so everyone can participate in real time.
- Instagram is growing in popularity for announcements with the addition of IGTV and Stories. Stories will allow you to continually update in one story line.
- A YouTube announcement will allow you to produce a video ahead of time and then share with your family. This is also sweet option to save for your child to watch when they are older.
Pregnancy shirts are super popular right now. Why not use an adoption t-shirt like this one found on Etsy to share your good news. Adoption t-shirts are also useful as fund raisers for international adoptions. Reach out to a popular vendor and have a custom shirt created.
Announce to Your Church
Two of our adoptions were made possible because people in our church knew we wanted to adopt. God used those people to bring our children to us. Choose a bible verse for your adoption and ask your church to join you in praying that verse over your child. You can find a printable list of adoption verses here.
If your church has a newsletter, website or announcement screen where pregnancies, marriages and such are shared with the congregation, consider sharing your adoption announcement there.
Announcement Letter or Card
Send an announcement letter or card out to your family and friends. A letter can be much like an annual update letter, or you can include your adoption announcement in your annual family update letter.
You can also send out a card like a graduation announcement that includes your adoption photos or an invitation to your open house or adoption party or shower.
Best Adoption Books
Information about adoption and foster care can be found in the following books and websites:
Free Printable Home Study Check List
Every adoption requires a home study. Get a head start on the home study process by downloading my free home study checklist via the form below and join our Foster Care and Adoption Questions and Answers Facebook group here.