6 Ways to Communicate with Expectant Parents Before an Adoption Placement

Congratulations! You’ve been matched with expectant parents, and you’re eagerly waiting for their baby to be born. Now what?

Shelley Skuster July 01, 2016

Congratulations! You’ve been matched with expectant parents, and you’re eagerly waiting for their baby to be born.

Now what?

Here are six ways to communicate with expectant parents before an adoption placement:

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1. Email

If internet access is readily available for you all, email may be a great way to keep in touch. Not only can you send a note on your own time, but you can also put a lot of thought into your messages before sending them.

Text Message
2. Text Message

If you’ve exchanged phone numbers, sending a text message could be an easy way to keep in touch with expectant parents. This type of communication may be especially convenient the closer you get to the expected due date or even while you’re traveling for birth.

3. Visits

What better way to get to know the expectant parents than by planning a visit (or two!) in person? You may consider taking them out for dinner, or even treating the expectant mom to something fun like a pedicure.

Social Media
4. Social Media

Some plans for open adoptions lend themselves to creating private social media accounts to stay in touch. Creating a new account (or using your existing account if you’re comfortable) can be a great way to share updates, photos and plans for the future.

Phone Calls
5. Phone Calls

Talking on the phone sometimes seems like a distant pastime, but it can still be a great way to communicate with expectant parents. If your relationship is new or developing with the expectant parents, consider inviting their social worker or an adoption worker to join the call and steer the conversation.

Google Voice
6. Google Voice

If you’d like to keep your privacy, setting up a new phone number via a Google Voice account may be a good alternative to giving out your personal phone number. Depending on the type of account you set up, you’d be able to communicate with expectant parents privately through phone calls, voicemails and text messages with your Google Voice account.

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Shelley Skuster

Shelley is a former award-winning television journalist who traded in suit coats and red lipstick for a messy bun and yoga pants. She's a freelance writer who stays at home with her three daughters who are all ((gasp)) under the age of three and came to her via adoption and birth. She's the woman behind the blog Shelley Writes and she can also be found on facebook and twitter as ShelleySkuster.

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