Should you Turn Your Adoptive Parent Profile into a Bound Book?
A: Madeleine Melcher, author of the book How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter (also an adoptee and mother of three through adoption), provides the following information:
The advantages to creating your profile as a bound book are:
- a clean look of true binding
- it is more durable
- it makes a very special keepsake for the expectant mother that chooses you
- when you are blessed with your child you can add “the rest of your story” to the end of the book
- your profile is longer, thus you can add more pictures and spread out your text.
The disadvantages to creating your profile as a bound book are:
- People use pre-designed pages on Shutterfly/Snapfish/etc which do not allow for true personality and are more restricting in terms of adding captions, basic design, amount of text, etc.
- depending on what size/type of book you choose, your agency or attorney may not be as likely to send it in the mail to expectant parents. It may not fit their envelopes or may just be too bulky or costly to send.
This is why following guidelines is so important. Some agencies require books, yet some others may not want you to have them at all.
This topic was discussed in more detail on the Creating a Family show: How to Prepare an Adoptive Parent Portfolio.