Positive Adoption Language
Language may possibly be one of the most influential ways people can impact the feelings of those they encounter either briefly or even interact with on a regular basis, yet it can still be easily overlooked and therefore unintentionally used as a tool for harm. Many times, we simply may not “think” before we speak. This is relatively easy to do, given the fact that most people speak thousands of words each day. Therefore, it’s even more important to be prepared when entering a situation where adults from different walks of life are coming together to help create a loving family, such as the adoption process.
When speaking about adoption, whether it involves those who are actively in the process of building a family or those who are carrying on a casual conversation about the subject, using positive language can go a long way in helping to dispel any possible preconceived notions someone might have. The staff at Florida Adoption Center (FAC) has an extensive background in supporting everyone involved in the adoption process using language that demonstrates our genuine desire to be caring and respectful. We welcome and encourage anyone who may want to learn more about the various ways to make a positive impact on how adoption is viewed to reach out to our staff by clicking on the “contact” tab located on our webpage. Below is a chart with suggestions on how to incorporate positive adoption language when communicating with others.
|Undesirable Language||Positive Way to Phrase|
|Unwanted child||Child placed for adoption, Unplanned child|
|Real mother, Real father||Birth or biological parent|
|Child who is adopted||Child|
|Put up for adoption||Placed for adoption|
|Disabled or handicapped child||Child with special needs|
|Give away a child||Create an adoption plan|
|Decided to keep a child||Decided to parent a child|
|Give up, Abandon, Surrender||Terminate parental rights|
|Reuniting with birth parents||Getting in touch or making contact|