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By Kent Larsen

LDS Adoptions Go Online

PROVO, UTAH -- Coverage of this past weekend's Families Supporting Adoption conference at BYU reveals that the LDS Church's Family Services has been participating in adoption websites in a pilot program since 1999, trying to assist couples that want to adopt. The agency screens communications between birth mothers and interested couples.

According to program specialist Lori Throckmorton, LDS Family Services has placed 12 children under the pilot program. "Our role is to keep things safe for both parties," she said. "The site is just hosting the information, nothing more. And couples have to remember they are a part of the decision-making process if they are faced with a request from the birth mother."

Under the program, LDS Family Services posts pictures of couples and other information (but nothing that would identify the couple) on adoption websites such as the popular LDS Family Services doesn't itself have a website for adoptions.

At the conference Saturday, Richard and Carrie Williams of Sandy, Utah told one session about their experiences adopting over the Internet, "With the Internet, you can respond to letters from birth mothers all over the world," Richard Williams said. "We also felt it exposed us to a different variety of birth mothers." The couple had been trying to adopt for 18 months before they went to the Internet. Three months later they were able to adopt a son.

The conference attracted some 500 people who attended workshops on topics like transracial adoption and telling adopted children about their adoption. Families Supporting Adoption is an adoption support group sponsored by the LDS Church. The Church's LDS Family Services, its social services agency, handles nearly 1,000 adoptions each year, and expects to increase that number in the future.


Panelists Share Experiences After Adopting Via the Web
Salt Lake Tribune 29Jul01 I3
By Elizabeth Neff: Salt Lake Tribune


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