10 Taboo Topics of Adoption

Educating others in adoption can be really hard. It often is prompted by comments or conversations that are insensitive to adoptive families, birth parents or those who are adopted. How can you help keep the discussion respectful?

How respectful discussion can heal and educate others by avoiding taboo topics.

Each adoption taboo topic in this slideshow can bring up questions, negativity, and differing opinions. This list was compiled by asking adoptive/birth parents what they thought the taboo or awkward topics of adoption were. I fully respect that others have different views on adoption, just as I know each situation and person is unique. With that said, I hope that adoption can be discussed more openly and that these topics don’t have to remain ‘taboo’. The word taboo means to prohibit discussion of a person, thing, or idea due to social customs. I hope that by talking openly about taboo topics that we can open the doors to honest communication.

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Sarah - Content Specialist for adopting.org, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on Adoption.com.

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