The following is a guest post from our friend Madeleine Melcher, who has been creating adoption profiles for families over the past 12+ years. She had a brilliant idea of contacting Shutterfly to have them create a special adoption profile section, so we can easily create profiles online. Enjoy!
I am an adoptee, an author, a blogger, a profile creator and of course my favorite job EVER, a mommy.
I have spent the better part of the last dozen-ish years or so:
- Helping families create honest, ethical adoption portfolios (profiles)
- Writing 3 adoption related books
- Sharing with parents through adoption and those hoping to adopt, the need to be honest with birthparents, with their agency or attorney or social worker, and above all be honest with the child they welcome.
- I have shouted from the rooftops the need for all of us to be a voice for the over 100-thousand children in this country who are waiting and available for adoption RIGHT NOW through foster care.
I am always looking for ways to level the playing field for families and to give them the knowledge and access they need to create honest and ethical adoption portfolios, to share their child’s story with him or her in an appropriate way and to keep the promises they have made to birth families.
I wrote my first book about creating your own adoption portfolio because I knew people could not always hire someone like me but I still wanted them to have the knowledge they needed to create something that really reflected them and was honest and real and included things many expectant parents may want to know about if they are considering an adoption plan for their child.
I did not do it for the money, turns out there is some truth behind the term “starving artist”. I did it because everyone in the process deserves it; hopeful family, expectant family and the child.
Now I am pleased to offer another option to families that I could not when I wrote my book.
About a year ago, after seeing that Shutterfly had many more options, embellishments, and layouts than ever before, I reached out to the CEO of Shutterfly with an idea – why not have an adoption section?
Why not, if people were going to make their portfolio on Shutterfly anyway, give the access to knowledge about doing it ethically, uniquely, honestly and in a way that reflects them?
Why not spotlight adoption announcements? Why not tell families about the free websites where they can share with family/birth families?
THEY LISTENED and HERE IT IS!
This is not a project that I personally make a penny from — I just wanted it to be there for families in a real and accessible way, and Shutterfly has put it together.
Shutterfly is not leaving those hanging who need help/direction in creating their portfolio, those who don’t know what to include, including the importance of ethics out or those that want to choose a template and create a lifebook and are not sure what one really is.
There is a whole blog section on my website that is also linked on the Shutterfly ADOPTION page at “learn more” that is directed to making your portfolio unique, tips, etc.
I also have my regular adoption blog with pieces from me to parents, written from my perspective as an adoptee – which is the focus of my most recent book.
Additionally, if you need help with or would like a full and honest review with REAL suggestions for improvement on a portfolio you created yourself on Shutterfly or on your own, contact me today.
Click HERE for just a few ADOPTION RELATED things you can create on Shutterfly TODAY!
I am thrilled that Shutterfly responded with action when I reached out to them and I cannot wait to see what is next. I will always be looking for ways to ensure that help and resources are available to EVERYONE and that the knowledge of the importance of ethics and honesty are there for all to see.
I hope you will LIKE & follow my Facebook Pages:
A big thanks to Tim Elder and Infant Adoption Guide for inviting me to guest blog- acknowledging the importance in honesty and ethics in adoption. Read some of my previous guest blogs and listen to several interviews with me on IAG:
- Encouragment for the Adoption & Parenting Journey: 52 Devotionals and Journal (Author Interview)
- Review of: Dear Parents, Things You Need To Know Right Now – From an Adoptee
- 5 Tips for Making Your Adoption Profile Unique
Madeleine Melcher is an adoptee, an author, a blogger, a profile creator and a mommy. Please check out her website and blog at OurJourneyToYouAdoption.com