As you prepare all of your paperwork in the process of trying to adopt a child, one of the items you will have to write is an introduction letter. This letter is for a potential birth parent who is considering putting their child up for adoption. Birth parents read through these letters as a way to learn about families willing to adopt their child. You should be yourself in this letter and be clear about why you have chosen the adoption process as a way to grow your family.

Clarify What Makes You a Unique Choice for Adoption

Generic letters that simply state that you've always wanted a child or that you have love to give are going to be passed over by birth parents. They want to know who you are as a person, what makes you different than everyone else, and what kind of life their child will lead as your adopted child. If you have special skills or interests, now is the time to talk about them. Whether you are a musician, an athlete, or a writer, your interests will make you a unique option for parents looking to find adoptive parents for their child.

Try Not to Be Too Excited

While you are probably very excited about the potential to adopt a child, being too enthusiastic can be a turn off for a biological parent. Phrases such as "We can't wait to meet our new child!" or "We've always dreamed of expanding our family and we hope you choose us!" are statements that are unnecessary, and may come off as pushy or fake. Keep your tone happy and hopeful; just refrain from exclamation points and bold statements.

Be Honest About Yourself

Whether you already have children or you are adopting your first child, be honest in your introduction letter to potential biological parents. If you are close with your extended family, share this in your introduction letter. If you aren't particularly close to extended family, talk about what your connections in your community are. If you are a family that goes to church, don't be afraid to share your religious beliefs. The clearer you are when you write your introduction letter, the more honest you will appear to any potential parents looking to place their child up for adoption.

As a potential adoptive parent, your introduction letter might be the first contact a biological parent has with you. Be honest, clear, and unafraid to be yourself. For further advice or to start your adoption process, contact a representative from an agency like Family Creations Adoptions.