Tune in tonight, December 19th at 9 p.m. ET to catch the 16th Annual “A Home for the Holidays” TV special on CBS! The special features uplifting stories about families who have adopted from foster care in order to raise awareness of this important social issue, as well as several moving musical performances from musical guests like Train, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Watch the video below for more information:
Learn more about foster care adoption from Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!
One way YOU can spread National Adoption Month awareness is to call a local radio station and ask them to play an adoption song in honor of national adoption month. What song would you request?
Just a few weeks ago, Adoptive Mom Stephanie shared how her adopted son, just six years old, was touched by Kip Moore’s song “Hey Pretty Girl.” Although her son had heard the song before, this particular listening resonated with him, especially as he realized that some day he might have a biological family of his own and someone who looked like him biologically. Read the excerpt of her letter below and have a listen to the song for yourself:
“But today was just an ordinary day, not one of the tough ones, and your song, Hey Pretty Girl, was on the minivan radio. When I looked in the rearview mirror, I saw Nicholas crying. I asked why he was sad and, in his infinite 6-year-old wisdom, my son told me that sometimes, people cry even when they’re not sad.
Wiping tears away he said, “I’m not sad, Mom. It’s just this song. It touched deep in my heart.”
He has heard your song before, but today he felt it.
He went on to explain as best he could, as he processed that one day, he could have a biological family of his very own.
“It makes my heart feel something, but I’m not sad. One day will I be married like the song man? And then I’ll really be in a family? My own family?”
I wanted to insist that he’s in a real family now, and I tried to remind him gently. But, no matter what I say or do, to him, it can never be the same. Kip Moore, today you gave my son the gift of hope: Hope that there will be belonging, and blood relation, and kinship in his future.”
Read Stephanie’s full post here.
While there are songs written specifically about adoption, many people feel adoption connections to other songs because of the mood they convey, the time they first heard it, etc. Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet“ reminds many adoptive couples of what they have to look forward to, even though it’s not a song specifically about adoption.
Meanwhile, Mark Schultz wrote “Everything to Me” about his birth mother. (Listen to the song or watch the story behind the song.) This list of Adoption Songs from Bethany Christian Services is a great collection of adoption-specific songs as well.
What is an Adoptive Family Video Profile?
For most adoptive families, Adoptive Family Print Profiles are their first opportunity to connect with birth parents. Print profiles usually include information about the adoptive family’s home, neighborhood, family members, motivations to adopt, hobbies and much more.
But what if these profiles were watched instead of read? What if birth parents could actually see a couple interact? What if they could witness the couple’s personalities, instead of just reading that they have good personalities? What if they could actually hear and feel their desire to become parents?
By showcasing the qualities that can only translate to video, Adoptive Family Video Profiles allow prospective birth mothers to better envision their child’s life while growing up in your family.
So, how does this process work?
You will receive a Show Pro Video Kit and an easy-to-use instruction booklet in the mail. You will then have 15 days to film the necessary footage and return the video kit back to Show Pro Media.
Using the various interviews with you, family members and friends, additional footage to supplement the interviews, and original music composed by Show Pro, our Video Specialists will edit your footage into an emotive story for prospective birth mothers to watch.
What are the benefits of doing an Adoptive Family Video Profile?
Adoptive Family Video Profiles benefit the birth mother by helping her choose the best adoptive family for her adoption plan. Consequently, there are also many benefits for adoptive families and benefits for adoption professionals:
- Video Profiles Show Your Family – Imagine picking your spouse with only photographs and a few pages of written information. Now imagine picking a family to raise your child by only using that same information. Adoptive Family Video Profiles allow a birth mother to learn more about you so that she can feel more secure about the family she has chosen.
- Video Profiles Showcase Personality – Print profiles are a great way to connect with birth parents, but they are only able to present so much. They cannot express how compassionate, funny or outgoing you are in person. In video, your personality and everyday lives can be easily seen.
- Video Profiles Help Lower Chances of a Disruption – After a birth mother selects a family, she often watches their video multiple times throughout her pregnancy, which helps her stay committed to the family and remind her why she has chosen adoption for her child. While Adoptive Family Video Profiles don’t eliminate disruptions altogether, they give birth parents a stronger sense of knowing the family, which helps them remain dedicated to their adoption plans. Videos are also often used as an “icebreaker” when talking on the phone or meeting in person for the first time.
- Video Profiles Reach More Prospective Birth Parents – Every year, more and more birth mothers are searching for prospective adoption families on the Web, and an increasing amount search for them on YouTube, the world’s second highest trafficked search engine.
How does the filming process work?
You will receive a Show Pro Video Kit in the mail via FedEx, including some easy-to-use instruction booklets to help you film. You will receive more details on how the filming process works once you register with Show Pro.
We are afraid of the filming process and how we will come across on video. Are we alone?
This is a common concern. The main thing to remember is the goal of the video – to help prospective birth parents get a better understanding of what life would be like as a part of your family. The camera is easy to operate, and you will receive detailed instructions on what to film and how to make it look professional. So be yourself, have fun, and we will take care of the rest!
Show Pro Media created the following video for American Adoptions, which helps address some of these concerns:
How Long Are Adoptive Family Video Profiles?
Each adoptive family’s footage is edited by one of our Video Specialists into a short movie that highlights your family’s personality. Footage quality determines the video’s length, but most profiles are two to four minutes long.
Will we get to approve the video once it is edited, and can we request changes?
Once your video is edited, you will be able to view in your Show Pro Account. You can then either approve it, or request a revision with specific changes that you would like made.
Does Show Pro Media film and edit other video projects?
Yes, Show Pro films and edits a variety of other video project. Visit the following page to watch some of our other video projects.
*Once you register with Show Pro, you will receive a more in-depth FAQ and access to a Video Specialist to help guide you through the filming process. If you have any questions about the video profile process, you can contact a Media Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org!
As National Adoption Month 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to share this another short video from Olympian and Adoptee Aaron Parchem on the impact adoption has had on his life. You can more about Aaron’s adoption story in our post Opportunities of Adopted Children.
We hope we’ve been able to give you some ideas, food for thought and reason to celebrate this National Adoption Month! We’ve really enjoyed getting to hear from many of you about how adoption has touched your lives, and we love getting pictures like this one showing families getting together to celebrate!
Below is a round-up of our posts from the month:
- Happy National Adoption Month!
- Eileen and Paul’s Adoption Adventure
- Spreading Adoption to Your Faith Community
- Opportunities of Adopted Children – Olympian Aaron Parchem’s Adoption Story
- 2013 Presidential Proclamation for Adoption Month
- Adoption Month Memories and Adoption Month Memories Part 2
- What We Love About Adoption Seminars
- Getting Together with Other Adoptive Families
- Find an Adoption Mentor for Your Child
- Ask for Adoption Benefits at Work
- Teaching Children About Adoption
- Become an Adoption Advocate
- Promote Adoption on Social Media
- Adoption Poems
- Waiting During the Holidays
- Saturday is National Adoption Day
- How One American Adoptions Family Celebrate Adoption Month
- Talk to Your Kids About Famous Adoptees
- Top 13 Reasons Adoptive Families Choose American Adoptions