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'Ten Top Tips' on Using Social Networking Sites to Contact Birth Relatives - 7/9/11
The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has launched a series of ‘Ten Top Tips’ for adopted people and birth family members who are considering making contact using social networking sites such as Facebook, as well as adoptive parents whose son or daughter want to make contact or has been contacted.
With the growing popularity of using social media sites, it has become increasingly easy for adopted people to find members of their birth family and for birth relatives to find them. It is very tempting to just click that button and send a message, but there are risks that should be considered before doing this. For example, what happens if someone gets a negative response or find themselves thrown into a situation they unprepared for?  If someone is adopted; being contacted ‘out of the blue’ from  a member of their birth family can be very traumatic – how should they deal with it – what should they do?

As well as giving tips on how to be safe using social media, the series of 'Ten Top TIps' offers advice on what to think about before making contact and what to do if you, as an adopted person or as a birth family member, are contacted.

The new 'Ten Top TIps' are available in the Searching and Contact area of the ASR website.

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