Bad vs. Good Adoption Language

Adoption is a subject that carries a heavy emotional burden. It’s connected to the most intense kind of love – parental love. It’s also connected to some serious losses on all three sides of the triad. Because of this, it’s essential that you think carefully about the language you choose to use when discussing adoption. It’s good to be sensitive!

This infographic identifies some of the most important key phrases you should watch for when talking about adoption. It also explains why you should use the preferred wording. This isn’t about being politically correct – it’s about accurately representing the truth of adoption. It’s also about being sensitive to the feelings of those involved.

Share this infographic with all your friends! When you educate those around you about Positive Adoption Language, you’re helping to break down pernicious adoption stereotypes.  and help educate everyone about how to talk about adoption in a way that shows respect to everyone involved.

Infographic created by American Adoptions.

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at She currently works as a content specialist at, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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