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ADOPTION

LANGUAGE

Language has the power to speak subtle contexts and evoke deep emotions. It is important to be conscious of the language we use.

NEGATIVE LANGUAGE

Adoption triangle

1.

Own child

2.

Real parent/mother/father

3.

Illegitimate

4.

Kept the child

5.

Birth parents (prior to terminating rights)

6.

Foreign adoption

7.

Give up for adoption, put up for adoption, give away, adopted out, abandoned, surrendered

8.

Adopted child

9.

Adoptive Parent/mother/father

10.

Unwanted/problem pregnancy

11.

Is adopted

12.

POSITIVE LANGUAGE

Adoption triad

1.

Biological child

2.

Birth or first parent/mother/father

3.

Born to unmarried parents

4.

Chose to parent the child

5.

Expectant parents (prior to terminating rights)

6.

International adoption

7.

Make an adoption plan, chose adoption, placed child for adoption, terminated parental rights

8.

My child

9.

Parent/mother/father

10.

Unintended pregnancy

11.

Was adopted

12.