Unpressured support? I don't think so

I spent a little time browsing a small adoption agency's website today. It offered the typical services - information, a confidential hotline for "birth parents," and adoption. A statement on the front page encouraging pregnant women to call that 800 number for help making an unpressured decision caught my eye, along with the list of topics and related articles. There were over 100, written or cross-posted by agency staff. It was immediately obvious that these topics were intended to "unpressure" women toward adoption.

How can a woman expect unbiased support from an agency that can't find its way to writing a single article about parenting, but had five in the category "At the hospital?"

This is why I believe adoption agencies should not be where pregnant women should go first for support.


Sandra said…
What does "Failure" refer to? Does that mean if the prospective adopters fail to complete the adoption, or is it when the mother ultimately decides against adoption, or what?

I'm not being coy...I don't know much about adoption, but that word looks a bit strange in that list.
Margie said…
Hi, Sandra, the articles in that category focused on adoptions that "fell through" from the adopter's perspective. And you are right, that word is really out of place here.
Paragraphein said…
Yes, just the word "Failure" is clue enough as to what's wrong with this agency: because when a woman parents, that's only a "failure" from the potential aparents' (and agency's) perspective... it COULD just as rightfully be called "Success."

But nope, they label that category of articles "Failure" because the whole website, like the whole adoption industry, is adoptive-parent centric.
spyderkl said…
Wow. It's hard not to see who the agency's catering to, that's for sure.

I don't know about any other agencies, but I do know that ours offered "post-adoption services" to first parents. Unfortunately, the first parent is the one who has to make the phone call if they want services - there aren't any follow-up visits after the first 3 months. They don't tell either the aparents or the first parents that.

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