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Adoption book review: How To Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio by Madeleine Melcher

 

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How important is your adoption profile? 

It is the biggest tool you have to help you get a quick match with an expectant mother. It is something we pin our hopes on to make the connection we need to build our family through adoption. Your adoption profile (also known as your adoption portfolio) can also be the most overwhelming part of the process.Adoption book review How to Create Adoption Portfolio

Now that my wife and I have been through two domestic infant adoptions (and currently starting #3), I know how difficult it is to create a unique, creative and successful adoption profile. In episode 19 of the Infant Adoption Guide podcast, we were able to chat with Madeleine Melcher, who is an adoptive mom, an adoptee and an author. 

Madeleine recently wrote the book How To Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy steps to help you produce the best adoption profile and prospective birthparent letter. She shares the secrets she has discovered over years of creating successful portfolios, profiles and prospective birth parent letters.

After having to create and revise several profiles, I know what it takes to make it unique and show what is special about our family. Right after I had Madeleine on the podcast, it was time to get started creating our profile for our 3rd adoption. It was the perfect opportunity to get her book, put it to use and see what else I could learn.

The book review

You may have already figured out that I’m writing this review because I LOVE this book. Here’s why I think it is a must-have for hopeful adoptive families – even if you’ve already put your profile together.

  • It is a step-by-step guide to create a portfolio that is unique and reflects your personality.
  • It helps break down the complexity and overwhelm so you can have confidence in creating your profile.
  • Madeleine shares from her experience and also directly from birthmoms (BirthMom Buds) on what prospective birthmothers are looking for in adoptive families.
  • It does a great job helping you write the letter to a prospective birthmother, which is a big part of your profile.
  • It shows you the methods and tools you need to get your profile shown to prospective birthmothers.
  • The workbook at the back of the book is amazing. It gives you space to write in your responses that will help you put together your profile very quickly. The workbook alone is worth the price of the book.  

Here’s the review I posted on Amazon.com:

“As an adoptive dad of two – and starting the process to adopt #3 – my wife and I have created several adoption profiles (aka portfolios). We had guidelines to follow from our agency and we got better at creating them but after getting Madeleine’s book, we found a great process for creating the best profile. She does an amazing job teaching about how to start, what you need to know, writing your letter to a prospective birthmother, how to layout the pages and (in my opinion) the most important part – how to make your profile unique.”

I highly recommend getting the book. A HUGE bonus in the book is that it contains a wonderful workbook in the back that takes you step by step through creating your portfolio. Good stuff! This WILL help you.

Madeleine’s website OurJourneyToYouAdoption.com is dedicated to designing adoption profiles. She has helped lots of hopeful adoptive parents since 2005. Her unique designs have led some of her clients to be chosen within a few days after they’ve completed their profiles and were being presented to expectant parents.

You definitely want to make the best first impression with an expectant mother. She needs to know how special you are, what your family life is like, and what you can provide for her baby.

You cannot afford to have your profile looking like everyone else’s. I recommend that you go get this book, read through it and fill out the workbook section. You will learn the best way to create your portfolio and you’ll discover how to make it stand out among the rest. 

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