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Facebook/Internet and the Adopted Child

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Positive Influences of Facebook on Adoption and Adopted Children
Negative Influences of Facebook on Adoption and Adopted Children
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The Internet, along with Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and whatever the latest social networking site might be, has fundamentally changed the face of adoption. Like most changes, the affects can be both positive and negative, but regardless of the negatives, the Internet is here to stay, and adoptive parents need to learn how to parent in this environment.


Where to start for Information on Internet Technology and the Adopted Child:

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Positive Influences of Facebook on Adoption and Adopted Children:

  • Facilitate communication within the adoption triad (adoption speak for adoptee, adoptive parents, and first families).

  • Made it easier for pre adoptive families to connect with expectant women who might be considering adoption?

  • Helps adoptees and adoptive families find first family members.

  • Fantastic source of education. (Think Creating a Family )

  • Good source of support. It's not always possible to connect with other adoptive families, adoptees, or birth mothers in your everyday life, but it is more than possible to talk online with others who have lived this experience.

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Negatives Influences of Facebook on Adoption and Adopted Children:

  • Contact and communication between the adoption triad are most often taking place without support. Support may not be necessary, but it can be helpful in certain situations.

  • Prospective birth mothers need trained counseling when deciding whether to make an adoption plan and this may not happen if they are found online.

  • Children can be searching for birth families without the knowledge and support of their adoptive parents.

  • Birth families can reach out to children placed for adoption without the knowledge of adoptive parents.

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Resources on Facebook/Internet and the Adopted Child:

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