This child was adopted and had no photos of her biological parents. We created a representation of what her mom and dad may look like. It has given her some closure.
Some of the stuff on the website seems really creepy -- age progressions of a deceased loved one, so you can see what they would have looked like if they had grown older. Ick. Yes, forensic science uses age progression to help find missing children, but to represent what dead people would have looked like if they lived? Ick.
The baby picture thing, and especially the birth parents thing, strikes me as harmful and dangerous for adopted children. Yes, children without baby pictures may yearn for them. Yes, school projects that ask for baby pictures may be hurtful for the child who doesn't have any. Yes, not knowing what your birth parents look like is painful and frustrating. But this is a case where the remedy is worse than the injury.
The first rule for adopted parents in talking about their children's pasts is TELL NO LIES. Even if you explain carefully that these photos are not really real, how can a child grasp this? And even if the child understands that the birth parent pictures may or may not look like their birth parents in real life, it won't take long for the brain to fix that photo as "my birth parents," instead of "maybe what my birth parents look like and maybe not." This is why I used black silhouettes to represent birth parents in my kids' lifebooks -- I didn't want to use any random Chinese people, because I knew the kids would internalize those pictures forever after as "my birth parents," no matter what I had to say. These specially-created photos would have the same effect, but even more so when they seem backed by "science,"
So what do you think? Would you use this service?