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Colorado adoption both aided and harmed by technology

When it comes to technology, there can be little debate that the advancements seen in the past 50 years have been nothing short of astounding. In regard to communications, availability of information and the exchange of ideas, technology, especially the rise of the Internet, has greatly altered the way that we live. Virtually everything about the way that we conduct our lives has changed and evolved to accommodate the digital age, and the Colorado adoption process is no exception.

Many of these changes have helped parents find children to adopt into their families and raise as their own. Prospective adoptive parents can use a variety of online resources to learn about the adoption process as well as current trends and needs within the adoption community. It is even possible to view photos of children who are eligible for adoption, and to learn more about them and their unique personalities through other posted media.

However, there is another side to the advent of the digital age in relation to adoption, and this topic is one that all adoptive parents must consider. Technology has made it easier than ever for children to reach out and make contact with their birth parents. While many families welcome their child's curiosity about their birth families, parents also want the ability to guide interaction between their adopted child and members of the birth family. Another concern is the rise of adoption-related Internet scams, which serve to defraud prospective adoptive parents by promising to assist them in the adoption process.

A recently released report by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute recommends that policy makers and law enforcement regularly monitor adoption-related websites for improper, illegal or fraudulent activity. Anyone considering adoption should carefully research any group or service provider that claims to aid in the adoption process. The Internet allows virtually anyone to set up a legitimate-looking website and proclaim themselves an expert in adoption. Unfortunately, many prospective parents in Colorado are taken advantage of as they search for children to adopt and love.

Source: USA Today, "Internet is changing adoption- for better and worse," Michelle Healy, Dec. 13, 2012

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