LDS Family Services announced today that it will be working with Adoption.com to help increase adoption opportunities for Latter-day Saint parents who are hoping to adopt.
This announcement comes on the heels of an announcement made in July by LDS Family Services that it would no longer be operating as an adoption agency. At that time, the agency announced that it would still be supporting hopeful adoptive parents through adoption consultations and referrals. Further, the agency remarked that it would seek to expand opportunities for families to adopt. Its partnership with Adoption.com is the primary means through which it hopes to do so.
“They have the ability to provide greater exposure to hopeful LDS couples than any other organization, including our own,” said David McConkie, LDS Family Services’ Adoption Group Manager. “They’re sensitive to the needs of our couples, and they’re flexible and willing to do whatever’s needed to make this joint effort succeed.”
The partnership provides a variety of opportunities for LDS hopeful adoptive parents. First, Adoption.com has created an LDS adoption profiles site at Adoption.com/LDS. This site will take the place of ItsAboutLove.org, the previous adoption site of LDS Family Services. By March 31, ItsAboutLove.org will redirect to Adoption.com/LDS. Bishops and LDSFS workers can refer women who are pregnant and considering adoption to Adoption.com/LDS to find LDS hopeful adoptive parents.
Additionally, through February 2016, LDS Family Services will pay for eligible LDS Church members to gain increased exposure on Adoption.com Parent ProfilesSM, the world’s most-used adoption site.
Parent Profiles℠ has been upgraded with many new features, including a favorites page, video upload and chat, photo albums, recommendations, and endorsements. Its new mobile-responsive design makes it easily accessible from mobile devices.
“LDS Family Services is very pleased with this [partnership], and we are anxious to increase adoption opportunities for hopeful LDS couples. We believe that this will do it,” McConkie said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this before, and we’re just excited about this new relationship we have with Adoption.com, and we see this being such a great blessing to members of the Church.”
Adoption.com works with many different adoption service providers and welcomes people of all backgrounds to use its services.