YouTubers and Instagrammers to follow
The world of adoption is huge. It includes thousands upon thousands of children that have been given the opportunity to grow up in stable families where they can become confident, healthy adults.
It includes loving birth mothers that made a selfless choice to place their child’s needs above their own. And it includes adoptive parents that opened their hearts to a child to provide the type of life that their birth mother wanted for them.
Everyone who is touched by adoption has a story to tell. Whether it’s about a birth mother’s journey or a family’s experience in adopting children, each experience is unique because each child and each family is unique. But the experiences are similar because the story of adoption has one thing that binds them all together: love.
Anyone considering adoption — both birth mothers and adoptive parents — can find value and support in seeing other adoption stories. And adoption and social media can come together to help find these stories.
Here we have compiled a few of our favorite social media influencers, as well as families and individuals that regularly post content online. We suggest heading to your favorite social media outlets to find adoption and social media influencers. Look for Instagram posts, an adoptive agency’s social media feed (or videos on their channel at YouTube), or other people on social media, including networks such as the Family Channel.
Taking some time to sit and listen to people who have walked some of the same paths that you may be on can give you the courage and hope you need when things may feel overwhelming.
Adoption and Social Media: Two Stories of Open Adoption
Welcome Home, Ethel Rose
This video tells the sweet story of one couple’s infertility journey and their path to adopting their sweet baby girl, Ethel Rose. Adoptive parents Rob and Sarah waited for many years to welcome their little angel into their home, and the video captures their pure joy and love for her.
This YouTube video, titled “Amazing Love: An Adoption Story,” is told through the voice of a birth mom, as well as the adoptive parents. It shows how each of them is bound together through open adoption.
The story gives a birth mom a glimpse into the many emotions that she may have at the moment of birth. It also portrays the gratitude that comes with seeing her baby united with a family that has longed for nothing more than a precious child.
Meeting Faith Anne
Watch as adoptive parents Rebekah and Harrison meet their daughter for the first time in the hospital. You can feel the emotion, the joy, and the miracle. Grab a hanky for this one!
Adoptive Families and Birth Parents to Follow
This channel gives viewers a sneak peek into the fun, crazy, and happy life of a family blessed by adoption. The family calls themselves blessed by their adoption experience and says that it is in their hearts to advocate for the fatherless.
The videos show all sorts of fun things that the kids are doing: visiting Santa, heading to school, and having birthday parties, to name a few. Their videos are informative, funny, and have an overarching theme: thankfulness for the family that God has given them.
This Instagrammer (@kirabug) and blogger is an adoptive mom who is also an adoptee. She has been reunited with both her birth mother and birth father. Her insight into adoption — from both sides of the spectrum — is wonderful to read.
Big Tough Girl
Ashley Mitchell (@bigtoughgirl) found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy at age 25 and decided to make the brave decision to place the child for adoption. Now, she shares her experience to help educate other birth moms about the adoption process and all of the ups and downs that come with it.
Tami and her husband actually adopted twice through Lifetime and are passionate about sharing the miracle that adoption is in their family. She discusses adoption, race, and family on her YouTube channel and is open, honest, and funny about real life and being a mom.
Our Family Vine
Adoptive parents Jenny and Cesar have formed a big multicultural, transracial family through adoption. The Our Family Vine channel is about Jenny and Cesar’s journey from loss to love and their adoptions through foster care and private domestic adoption. They created the channel to share how their journey to parenthood wasn’t easy but, with faith and love, there was light at the end of the tunnel. Jenny and Cesar hope to share about the beauty in adoption.
Beauty Amidst the Ashes
This Christian organization advocates for adoption with public speaking, conferences, and educational opportunities for families and individuals about adoption. Their YouTube channel shares a variety of different stories about successful adoptions, with the hope of encouraging and empowering other people to choose adoption.
Sharing stories can evangelize, encourage, and empower people to make the best choices for children!
Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.
Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.