Adoption.com was only the beginning…
I started my adoption journey in July 2003 by *gasp!* reading books. I read a lot of books that first year. It wasn’t until late 2004 that I began to use the Internet to broaden my horizons. At that point, there were Yahoo! groups and Adoption.com. Through the forums at Adoption.com, I “met” some bloggers who posted on LiveJournal.
We’ve come a long way, baby! Today, the internet is full of adoption-related destinations. I remember starting the search again in 2010. I already knew about Facebook groups and support sites, but quickly discovered that there were even more clearinghouses of information. Pages of links categorized (or not), pointing all over the World Wide Web.
A great resource available today is Adopting.org. Adopting.org is a very elegant clearinghouse of “adoption stuff worth sharing.” Using the Pinterest-inspired cards framework, readers can easily find adoption-related images, videos, slideshows, quizzes, and articles. If they’re not feeling like taking a specific path, readers can also choose to get lost in the myriad resources. The cards are not only Pinterest-like, they are Pinterest-friendly. Finally! You can start that Adoption board you’ve always wanted! (No, I’m not being facetious. Pinterest is an awesome way to keep track of what we used to call “bookmarks” back in the day. You young ‘uns don’t know how good you have it!)
Readers can also share their own content, such as articles, memes, or videos related to adoption. These could be something they created or simply something that speaks to them. I have a friend who creates adoption word art. I bet she would love Adopting.org.
Adopting.org is still the new kid on the block and It’s going to take a lot of help from the adoption community to make it shine. Check it out. Share your stuff. Make some boards. You’ll love it!