Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Positive Adoption Language

The way we talk about adoption, including the words we choose, are extremely important. During our adoption class we learned about positive adoption words and we wanted to share them with all of you.

Positive Language Negative Language
Birthparent Real parent
Biological parent Natural parent
Birth child Own Child
My childAdopted child
Born to unmarried parents Illegitimate
Terminate parental rights Give up
Make an adoption plan Give away
To parentAdoptable child
Making contact withReunion
Parent Adoptive parent
Permission to sign a releaseDisclosure
Search Track down parents
Child placed for adoptionUnwanted child
Court terminationChild taken away
Was adopted Is adopted

Positive language is so important for setting the stage for everyone, including children, parents, relatives, etc. This is just a short list of positive words to choose when talking with anyone about adoption.

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