We're happy to present this article from our partner site Yahoo! Shine:
Tracey and Dan Citron always wanted to have a baby. After six unsuccessful cycles on infertility medication, they decided to forgo IVF treatments in favor of adopting a child instead. In 2009, they settled on a Lutheran-based adoption agency near their home in Eagan, MN, and enrolled in classes on a path to get their home-study approval in order to adopt. By 2010, they were "approved" and ready to make a match, when they realized they had a lot more work to do.
"Our agency was a big advocate of outreach, since most of their domestic open adoption matches occurred that way, and it seemed to be the trend," Tracey told Yahoo! Shine. After attending a seminar hosted by the agency that taught parents how to market themselves effectively, the Citrons were fired up.
The couple printed postcards and business cards promoting their adoption search, which they would hand out to everyone they met. "When we paid waitresses, we'd stick a postcard with our tip," Tracey, a 37-year-old stay-at-home mom, recalls.