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Adoption Social Networking Site

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The Idea

A social networking site for people wanting to exchange information about their adoption plans and/or experience.

Adoption is becoming a more popular and more accepted option for people who want children, but are unable produce.

The adoption process is wild and crazy, at best, and information is sketchy. If people were able to share their experiences, people may feel more prepared.

There could be tools built into the site to journal the process, a la, your own adoption journey page (like www.babyhomepages.net or www.ewedding.com). Instant messaging, friends, forums, etc. are all tools to connect people.

There are many "networking" factors, or relational links that people could identify with, such as adopting from specific countries, age ranges, agencies, etc. Profiles can be built/searched by people so they can share similar experiences and information.

Other ideas: real-world meet-ups, or play groups, pregnant mothers can profile adopting families.

I thought of this idea when I was...

My wife and I are considering adoption, and the information on the web does not leave me feeling well informed or prepared. It would be nice to share info and read the experiences of others.


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PeeJayEl
PeeJayEl Posted: January 23, 2008, 10:38 am

I think this could be a workable idea, of course privacy is paramount to its success. Depending on the country (or region within a country) laws may vary as to the privacy of the adopters, adoptees and the natural parents (if they are still alive).

Working with one or more of the consumer products companies could result in a "Welcome home, new baby/child" kit, i.e. diapers, wipes, fomula etc.

ehicks727
ehicks727 Posted: January 23, 2008, 10:48 am

Good point, I didn't think about it from that angle.

So, this really only affects pictures and name dropping... and only BEFORE the adoption takes place. Once the adoption is over, aren't all bets off? People post pictures with kids names and all that all over the web, why not here?

ehicks727
ehicks727 Posted: January 23, 2008, 10:50 am

Maybe with enough 'in your face' warnings and lots of legal disclaimers, you could curb people's ignorance of posting pics and posting names of the kids before the adoption.

MAH
MAH Posted: January 23, 2008, 1:30 pm

This is something that would definitely find its value with many families seeking to adopt! Have you considered http://www.Ning.com?

Best wishes and good luck!

ehicks727
ehicks727 Posted: January 23, 2008, 1:46 pm

Thanks for introducing me to ning.com! It's an interesting concept (I'm going to see what it can do for my SEO biz). However, I don't like that Ning is pretty much a members only deal. You can't see other people's pages, forums, or anything without logging in. I want the Adoption SN site to be very open for viewing all content. That will be what entices people to participate. Posting would require a simple login, and creating a full profile and your own page would require more info.

PhilipH
PhilipH Posted: January 23, 2008, 4:39 pm

Sounds like a perfectly sensible idea... I agree that with anything involving children it's pretty much essential to check the legal position beforehand, but I'm sure that won't put a stop to what you're trying to do as long as you're careful.

I think you're probably safest avoiding the trap of trying to make another fully-featured networking site - people already have those and their lives are not defined by being adoptive parents so you're not going to replace that. Concentrate on simple features that allow communication between members and on features that are directly relevant to the adoption issues.

sharathvc
sharathvc Posted: January 23, 2008, 9:39 pm

arent you targeting a small community?
are you looking to do this as a hobby? or to earn revenue?

If its like a hobby to connect people I agree with philip and the others it should be a simple blog where people can share their experiences etc.. but arent there a lot of those sites?

adoption.com does that.. they even have a forum where you can talk to others who have adopted or looking to adopt.
also the local adoption agency will provide the same info and connect you to others..

will adding another site make a difference?

I dont have kids and it could be a sensitive subject but the above are just my thought.

ehicks727
ehicks727 Posted: January 24, 2008, 6:30 am

sharathvc, you make some fair observations and points, but let me rebut.

No, this would not be a hobby... monetizing the site is one question mark, and one of the main reasons I posted the idea here... I'm looking for ideas to monetize the site, and maybe some help developing it. PeeJayEl had an idea in the first post above, and I'm looking for more.

Ok, about Adoption.com.... Adoption.com is not a USER community... yes they have forums, but it's not user driven. My idea is truly a user community. As the twenty-somethings who are addicted to MySpace and FaceBook reach thirty-something and can't have kids, they will be attracted to an online user community they are used to that targets their specific needs. For that matter, I know of many thirty-something already who are MS and FB addicts, so the timing may be right for this idea.

As far as the target market being small... all I can say to that is there are plenty of adoption sites, including Adoption.com, making money and meeting a need. I'm not trying to compete with MySpace or FaceBook, and wouldn't expect to profit like those sites... my idea is a niche market, and sometimes niche markets, because its a concentrated and captive audience, are good markets to go after. Who knows, if this idea get's developed well enough, Adoption.com may buy it!

Remember, this idea is not a blog... it's a user driven community focused on the needs of connecting people looking to adopt, or who have adopted kids.

I haven't found anything like this yet. Adoption.com is close, but no cigar. Personally, I don't fully trust the information on Adoption.com because it is biased. Information that people share about their own personal experiences can help me to feel more informed, and fill in the information gaps in the whole adoption process.

tlyden
tlyden Posted: January 27, 2008, 1:28 pm

THERE ARE sites online- why is it so hard for people to do the research
adoption.org
and i am sorry but looking at adoption.com stories section seems EXACTLY like what you are talking about

ehicks727
ehicks727 Posted: January 27, 2008, 7:18 pm

tlyden, I have not found a site that fits the description of an adoption "social networking" website. I'm not saying this to be rude, but if you think that adoption.com is an S/N website, then I don't think you understand what S/N really is.... well, let me clarify that... adoption.com does not have the features of a new (or I hate to use the term, but "Web 2.0") social networking site. There are definitive features, such as profile building and searching, etc.. Actually, Cambrian House has many of the standard S/N features.

I explained above several features that can be added to this concept that are uniquely fitted to the adoption niche of this idea. So, this is not just another MySpace or FaceBook. There are unique qualities that I feel will appeal to adoptive parents. Even further, I believe there are features that can be added for 'after adoption', which should inspire parents to continue using the site, even after the adoption process is over.

I did do my research... actually, I'm a website idea, research fanatic, and I have not found this particular idea anywhere.

GordonMcDowell
GordonMcDowell Posted: January 29, 2008, 6:58 pm

ehicks727, (i like this idea)

As far as site creation goes, it sounds like you could leverage the usual open source tools for building websites... one of these might fit your needs...

http://www.joomla.org/
http://drupal.org/

...and although I'm not sure they fit your vision, I'd say at least Drupal is closer to what my understanding of a social network is than either adoption .com or .org.

It probably mostly effort involving creating some useful content to pull the first people into your community. Kinda hard to jump-start it when the first people who arrive realize they're the only ones there.

Allowing preggies to review potential adoptive families is the most interesting thing I see here, as it is an actual service. Possibly this requires some programming (in the way a simple social network does not because it is all table steaks at this point). But there's a hundred dating sites to look to for examples of how to effectively hook people up.

ehicks727
ehicks727 Posted: January 30, 2008, 8:44 pm

GordonMcDowell, thanks for the comments and suggestions. I'm familiar with both Joomla and Drupal... I've run many websites using those CMSs. However, I think to properly develop this idea, I'd have to custom build it. I'm a PHP and JSP programmer, so building it from scratch won't be a problem. It would be best to develop this in JSP, I believe. Not a small task, but a good 2008 project for me and whoever wants to join in.

There is even an open-source social networking API by Google http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/ that I can use to keep the nuts and bolts standardized across S/N platforms.

tlyden
tlyden Posted: February 1, 2008, 1:34 pm

WOW dorkus, then go build it, but how does it do what adoption.org offers any better?
this was the idea: A social networking site for people wanting to exchange information about their adoption plans and/or experience.

why does it have to have bells and whistles when forums seems just as easy? you weren't clear to begin with and still don't see how this is any more necessary than the blogs and sites that exist.
more power to you- spend the time building a site instead of actually focusing on adopting a child

rjarvis
rjarvis Posted: February 6, 2008, 11:36 pm

I used to work for Adoption.com. I think they have that pretty sewn up.

 

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