Maybe you’ve already heard about it. People involved in adoption are buzzing about it. It’s a new app called Adoptly, billed as “a better way to adopt.”
It’s already been dubbed The Tinder of Adoption, and as you can imagine, that has not gone over well in online adoption communities (at least not in the ones that I frequent). Swiping for children? Many have a gut response — even a gag response — to that idea. But why? I was curious within myself.
Adoptly is news now because it launched a Kickstarter campaign, including an explanatory video, to bring its app to market. At the time of writing, it has raised about 3% of its target goal of $150,000.
I try to remain open to something unfamiliar, to suspend judgment about it until I’ve had a chance to research it, sit with it, and examine at it from lots of angles. Regarding this adoption app, I did so with my friend Anne Heffron, an adoptee and fellow explorer.
Adoption App: Our Discourse
Some of the things we cover in the video below:
- The tagline: Parenthood is just a swipe away.
- Who exactly are the “adoptable kids” this app wants to be the search engine for?
- The conundrum of being “chosen.”
- The idea of a marketplace for adoption, and why that feels so skeevy.
- Two ways Adoptly is different from Tinder.
- On falling in love with a photo.
- Is eventual widespread use of such an app inevitable, the way eHarmony and Match proved to be?
- Anne’s biggest fear about this app.
- After consideration, our final verdicts on Adoptly.
That all said, how apt are you to use Adaptly?
Links to Resources Mentioned
- The Daily Dot article
- Adoptly’s Kickstarter campaign
- Anne’s book, You Don’t Look Adopted
- My book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption
Anne has written her own reflective post, Dating Babies, about swiping for children.