The Letter: ‘Dear Expectant Parent’.
This is the step I save for last. I think it is the hardest. The Book is pressure. The Letter is something else. If you like tackling hard things first, start with the letter.
To my knowledge, most agencies use these letters as the first tool when an expectant woman is considering an adoption plan and choosing a family. Our agency puts them in a three ring binder with other families. As hard as it is to write the letter, I cannot even begin to understand how overwhelming it is for an expectant mother to be responsible for finding parents for her child by reading a letter.
The first time we made our letter, the result was kind of awful. We poured out all of our hearts. Every time we tried to make it look pretty, we felt dumb. How do you cutesy up a letter so meaningful? Making The Book look pretty made sense. It’s an album. It has pictures by default. There were endless templates to help with the design. (Spoiler: Use a template for your letter.)
Using what we learned from the last time, I found a template from Vista Print. It was in the flyer section. We ordered right from Vista Print. They had very fast shipping. I am very happy with the quality. However, if you use a flyer template, you have to order the minimum quantity required. (Yes, I have half a million copies of our letter.) After the fact, I found canva. They have template options and you print at your own location.
A few tips:
- Breath. You can do this.
- You will not make it perfect. I just found a typo in our letter. 🙂
- Who chooses you will love it!
- Please do not use our words or copy this letter in any way. The intention is to help other families find a starting point and inspiration.
- If you would like more details about our letter, email me directly. chrischelse at gmail dot com