Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Web Profiles

Okay, be honest, how many of you turn to the internet first when you need information on something? If you didn't answer yes, then you are among only about 25% of the US population who do not use the internet. I turn to the internet for everything from seeing what a restaurant has on its menu to keeping in touch with family and friends.

The latest project I have been working on is encouraging families to create web profiles. These web profiles contain about a 500 word description of the family and 4 pictures. Information like who they are and what they would want the birth mother to know about them is included. It is only a brief glimpse at the family, but it is a great way to get a family's name and face out to birth parents who are using the internet. These profiles go onto Gladney's site, and adoptive parents can opt for their profile to also be displayed on parentprofiles.com for an additional fee. On parentprofiles.com, adoptive parents can create a Photo Album and Favorite Things list in addition to their About Us section. Birth parents can browse through our families and see what wonderful people they are. Gladney's website will be adding a new feature this month, which allows for birth parents to search the ethnicity of a family, the region of a family, whether they have a child in the home, etc.
Let's face it, the internet has become a vital part of our everyday life. Fortunately Gladney recognizes this trend and is offering our families a chance to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity.