Adoption language evolves over the years and as we grow more sensitive and connected to the people in the adoption triad, we see a real need to change the language to fit and be more respectful to those involved. How can positive adoption language make a difference?
Positive Adoption Language
The language we use when talking about adoption can have a lasting impact on families who have had adoption touch their lives. Using positive adoption language can promote a healthy conversation and avoid offending anyone. See below for a list of negative adoption language, and then suggestions on converting each to positive adoption language.
While positive adoption language is a good baseline, it may not work in every situation. For example, some birth mothers prefer to be called first/natural mothers. Be flexible in using the terminology that the people you are talking to are most comfortable with.