Shut Down: Kickstarter Suspends “Tinder For Adoption” Adoptly’s Campaign

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Just one week after launching its Kickstarter for its“Tinder for Child Adoption” app-based platform, the fundraising effort for California startup Adoptly was suspended on the crowdfunding giant’s platform.

adoptly-2The app promises to move at the speed of modern life to connect those looking to start a family with adoptable children that are nearby by using a Tinder-like strategy. It was revealed:

“We’ve designed Adoptly to be intuitive and easy to use, based on familiar apps and modern-day social networking norms. Once you’ve created a parenting profile, simply set your search criteria and Adoptly will instantly filter through our database bringing the broadest range of adoptable kids straight to your fingertips. Just swipe right if you’re interested, or left to keep looking. And if a kid, through their agency or foster care, like you back it’s a match.”

Obviously, this app seems extremely unrealistic and more like a security risk for the adoptable children listed on the app. But the Adoptly team managed to explain that the children on the app are legally pre-approved through licensed government agencies and all prospective parents are subject to government-mandated background checks and the app simply guides users through this process when they sign up, to make it as easy on prospective parents as possible. Also, approval and requirements vary by state, so there’s more to the adopting process than just looking at pictures and selecting a child.

adoptly-3Originally seeking $150,000, a total of $4,000 was given to the campaign from 16 backers before Kickstarter pulled the plug. The funding portal has not revealed why it made the decision to suspend the project nor has Adoptly shared any details about the initiative’s dismissal.

While attempting to clear any speculation of Adoptly’s authenticity, co-founder Alex Nawrocki, who is the only team member reportedly not in the company’s campaign pitch video, stated to The Verge prior to the Kickstarter shutdown:

“We’re not trying to gamify or make fun of this experience. The adoption industry at large is a little bit underserved by the tech industry. We saw this unique opportunity to disrupt it, particularly when you’re talking about online adoption.”

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Nawrocki did note that the team does have a Facebook group, but did not disclose the group’s name. The media outlet also revealed that it seems as though none of the members of the Adoptly team have a LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter profile, and same goes for the company itself. Nawrocki added that he does have a Facebook but doesn’t use it (also didn’t share a link to his profile).


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