Illinois residents interested in adoption may have heard of a new trend on social media sites. Many people have gotten creative in trying to adopt a child, and couples have posted their adoption wishes on social networks such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to get their message out to the public.

People are posting the details of their adoption journeys in the hopes that their stories will generate leads that could result in the adoption of a child. With the potential for videos to go “viral” these days, it appears couples are willing to do almost anything to increase their chances.

But what about stepparents who are looking to adopt?

Sometimes when people get remarried after a divorce, a non-custodial parent and a stepparent decide that it is in the child’s best interest if the stepparent adopts the child. Likewise, a biological parent may want to challenge a stepparent’s adoption. In these cases, visitation rights may become an issue, as well as the finances of the stepparent and the private lives of the biological and non-biological parents.

Whether social media is a good tool for remarried couples attempting to adopt remains to be seen. The value of publicly disclosing one’s desire to adopt a step child likely depends on the manner of the disclosure. Stepparents and their spouses will certainly want to exercise caution with regard to social networks if adoption proceedings have been characterized by disputes with the other parent.

To say the least, matters can become very emotional and very complicated, and individuals would do well to take care in how they represent themselves publicly and in social media.

No matter the specifics of a given situation, Illinois residents who have experienced difficulties related to adoption often totter between hope and potential heartbreak. Starting a new family can be hard for just about anyone, and keeping an existing family unit stable can be equally as trying. Readers in the Rockford area with these concerns will want to explore all of their legal options for ensuring that the best interests of a child remain a top priority.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “Couples eager to adopt make appeals on social media,” Rita Price, March 12, 2012