Learning Adoption Language

Like with many things in life, when talking about adopting families or children who are being or have been adopted, it is preferred to use a people first approach. So we thought we would share some of the words and phrases that is correct to say, and some that are incorrect to say.

What not to say / What to say

  • Real parent / Birthparent
  • Adopted child / My child
  • Your own child / My child
  • To keep / To parent
  • Adoptive parent / Parent
  • Is adopted / Was adopted
  • Child was taken away / Court termination
  • Track down / Search

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