Adoption Information

Quick Video Tips

Quick Video Tips: Parent Videos

General Tips

•       When filming and sending photos, do not overwhelm the kids.  Do not include lots of extended               
family, and keep it to only one or two pets you do not want to present them as more important than
the kids).

•       Avoid filming in front of bright windows.

•       Never turn the camera sideways while filming.

•       Avoid zooming in or out during a shot.

What to film:

Getting the basic shots Main interview: About 10-20 minutes with adoptive parent(s).

•       Place camera on tripod or stabilize camera by placing on a table in front of you.

•       Do not look directly into the camera.  Instead, look off to one side at the person standing next to
the camera (if there is one).

•       The camera should be at eye level.

•       Make sure the camera is focused on your face, not the background.

•       Avoid profiles, the camera should see both of your eyes.

•       Turn off radios, TVs, or other distracting background noises.

•       Make sure you are close enough to the camera to be heard.  Playback a sample to make sure the
camera is recording your voice.

•       Relax and answer questions naturally, like you are talking to a friend.

Things to talk about:

•       Introduce yourself: name, job, etc.

•       Talk about your life, if you are a couple, how you met, etc....

•       Describe your typical weekday and weekend.

•       Explain why you want to adopt.

•       Tell what you want to provide for your future child.

•       Illustrate how a child would change your life.

•       Record what you want your future child to know about you.


(Optional) everyday action shots: 3-5 activities, 2-4 minutes of footage for each giving viewers a
window into your life.

–      Avoid looking into the camera.

–      If you hold the camera by hand, hold it as steady as possible.

–      Only film household family members.

–      Example shots:

•       Taking a walk or walking the dog

•       Making dinner and/or eating a family dinner

•       A family picnic

•       Going for a jog

•       Playing sports

•       Hobbies like sewing, drawing, painting, etc.

–      Family photos: Provide 25-30 family photos.

–      Choose a variety of photographs, some posed and some candid.

–      Keep it simple for the case worker/child: choose only a couple photos each of the parents and

–      Burn the photographs onto a disc to mail, or email them to  If they
are not digital, please scan the photos, burn them onto a disc, and mail the disc, or scan and email them.


Terms of Use © 2010 A Family For Every Child