Adoption Language

Adapted from: Adoptive Families Magazine, Positive Adoption Language, May 19, 2009

The way we talk—and the words we choose—say a lot about what we think and value. When we use positive adoption language, we say that adoption is a way to build a family just as birth is. Both are important, but one is not more important than the other.

Choose the following positive adoption language instead of the negative talk that helps perpetuate the myth that adoption is second best. By using positive adoption language, you’ll reflect the true nature of adoption, free of innuendo.

List of Adoption Terms

NEGATIVE LANGUAGE      POSITIVE LANGUAGE

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