Note To Self

Between now and the arrival of our postcards and pass-along cards (explained here), *A* and I have tasked ourselves with coming up with a plan for their distribution. How do you market something like this?  Where do you post information? Do you ask permission to ensure that they don’t just get thrown away? Should we come up with a letter of introduction and include some postcards and pass-along cards with it? How far and wide do we cast our net? Should we focus on IAC states only (NC, CA, TX, GA, IN, NY, CT, FL) or nationwide? Lots of things to think about. We do have some ideas, but it feels so wide-open it’s easy to get overwhelmed (well, for detail-oriented me, anyway, not so much for *A,* who is brilliant with one-step-at-a-time, keeping-the-big-picture-in-mind plans).

In any case, as we baby-step along this process (oh, yes, that was a completely intentional pun), this is our new mantra:

Start Where You Are

Image courtesy of, where the screenprint of this important message is unfortunately sold out. Rats.

If you have any suggestions about distribution, or would like to volunteer to help us distribute where you are, please let us know! We’d really appreciate it – we can use all the help we can get.  If you’d be willing to help, and/or if you have any ideas for getting the word out, post a comment below, or it you prefer, send us an email at: (Replace the “AT” with an @). A few of our friends and family members have already been recruited, and we’ll be mailing them “Littlest Brooks-Livingston Marketing Packets” so they can help us distribute our various pieces of contact information as soon as we figure this whole thing out.

In the meantime, if you haven’t liked our Facebook page, please do! Share our posts with friends!  


8 thoughts on “Note To Self

  1. We leave our pass along cards with the check on the table at restaurants. I’ve also heard of people enclosing one with every bill they mail out. Handing them out to friends and family that work in the medical field is a good idea too.

    • Those were the kinds of places we were thinking about doing a little letter of introduction for – and including the postcards and pass-along cards. The letter would be for someone working there. But that might not be a good approach – I’m sure there is probably some sort of “no pressure” policy, and even though this would just be presenting another option, there might be rules against it (probably thanks to the hard-core clinic protesters who, in the past, harassed people). What we might do is call the local chapter and just ask – though we couldn’t put information there due to the nature of *A*’s job. But they could probably give us an idea of their policies. Or (duh) I might find something online. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Hi Loretta,

      If a birthparent is in what I called an IAC state (the states in which our agency has offices and is licensed to operate), we can go through our agency for all parts of the adoption process. If they are in a non-IAC state, the legal part of the adoption is different. We would, I think, go through an agency and/or attorney in that state and in some cases, we might be responsible for both getting ourselves to the IAC office nearest her and for flying her there as well for a match meeting to decide if we want to match. There are other parts of the process that are a little more complicated, but definitely do-able.We would be happy for you to share our information in Michigan! If you’d like for us to send you our little marketing packet (when everything gets here from the printers), send us your address in an email to: (replace the “AT” with an @) (PS – *A* says hi!)


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