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November 15, 2013 in News by Stephen Gardner  |  No Comments

(NAPSI)—There’s good news for families hoping to adopt domestically. A new service can help agencies bring families together faster.

Parent Match is the nation’s first and only secure and searchable network for adoption professionals. It provides agencies with something they’ve never had: one central database that connects agencies around the country with a few simple clicks of the mouse. This means faster and better connections between expectant mothers and adoptive parents.

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“I’m an adoptive mom, so I know the challenges of finding that perfect match,” says Dr. Lori Ingber, founder of the company. Agencies specify their clients’ wishes for a match in the database. Those criteria remain confidential and secure as the system works to find a match. Using this system, for example, an agency for adoptive parents in Connecticut can quickly learn of an expectant mom in Iowa.

In a recent survey, nearly half of those under age 44 trying to adopt in the United States said they worked with more than one agency. Parent Match can eliminate the need for another agency.

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November 15, 2013 in News by Stephen Gardner  |  No Comments

As we saw during the Adoption Portraits series, prospective adoptive parents find it very hard to wait for a match with a birthmother or with a child. I remember when we were trying to adopt, and as the months ticked by, we considered signing on with a second agency to increase our chances of finding a baby sooner.

But the costs of such a strategy were prohibitive, and the idea was a fleeting one. I have learned recently of a technology that adoption agencies can use to increase communication with other agencies and eliminate the need for parents to sign up with multiple agencies.

For those of you trying to do a domestic adoption, check with your adoption agency to see if they have heard of a technology called Parent Match.

Dr. Lori Barer Ingber, an adoptive mom, launched Parent Match after witnessing her sister struggle to find a baby to adopt. Her sister was signed up with an agency in Connecticut as well as one in Florida, hoping that this would increase her chances of finding a baby more quickly. Meanwhile, Lori heard about a baby born in Alabama that was as yet unmatched with adoptive parents. Her sister, who was paying fees to agencies in Connecticut and Florida, ended up adopting the baby through an agency in Alabama.

Thinking about her sister’s experience, Lori decided to create a network for adoption agencies to be able to communicate with one another so that all agencies know about all babies, and babies don’t slip through the cracks.

I spoke with Dr. Ingber to find out more about Parent Match.

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say a new expectant mom joins Agency A to find adoptive parents for her baby. Agency A subscribes to Parent Match, and so they log into their private account and input basic information about the new expectant mom. The type of information that goes into the system includes details such as the expectant mom’s age, race, what requirements she is looking for in an adoptive parent, etc.

When Agency A clicks to add the expectant mom as a client, a list of potential adoptive families comes up who matched her criteria. Here is the great part- the list of families is pulled from every agency that subscribes to Parent Match, not just from Agency A’s pool of waiting families.

As soon as a potential match is made, both agencies get an alert. For privacy reasons, the agencies see ID numbers but not the profiles of clients from other agencies. Then the agency that represents the expectant mom and the agency that represents the waiting adoptive family contact each other to see if they want to proceed with additional information exchange.

I wish this had been around when we were adopting! For those of you currently working to do a domestic agency adoption, ask your agency if they use Parent Match. There are currently 25 agencies on the system, and they report that potential matches are made all the time.

Check the Parent Match website to find a participating agency. You can also find Parent Match on Facebook.

Best of luck to all of you on the adoption journey!

Babble

November 15, 2013 in News by Stephen Gardner  |  No Comments

My sister Lori Ingber is not only an amazing mother of four, she’s made helping other mothers and fathers create their families her life’s work. When my husband and I wanted to adopt here in the U.S., we found a wonderful adoption agency but a seemingly endless wait. As time went by, we nearly lost hope of finding a baby of our own. Lori jumped in to help. She followed a lead about an agency in the South with more available children than adoptive parents. Shocked at the possibility and afraid to get our hopes up, my husband and I traveled to meet with the new agency. The story was, in fact, true. We were quickly matched to both our daughter and our son, adopting them as infants within six weeks of each other. Remarkably, my original adoption agency in the northeast had no way of knowing about the agency in the southeast who had waiting children and not enough adoptive parents. Full of the passion and purpose I so admire in my sister, Lori decided she was not content to help only me. She knew that we were one family among many navigating the difficulties of adoption and was haunted by children waiting for their forever families. She set out to make a difference for us all. She spent three years developing a patent-pending database for domestic adoption agencies that allows them to connect with each other confidentially, securely and, most importantly, easily. Today, the adoption agency helping me could have immediately found that my children were waiting for me several states away with a few simple clicks of the mouse. Her company, Parent Match, is being quickly embraced by adoption agencies all around the country, creating a truly national network they’ve never had before. But most importantly, because of Lori, adoption agencies have a powerful new tool to find those perfect matches between parents and child, just as she did for me.

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