Saturday, November 20, 2010

T is for Terminology

It is not always easy to know what to say when you are learning about a new subject. At times we have all stuck our foot in our mouths. As we began the adoption process, we learned a whole new set of terms to talk about adoption. Here are some helpful resources for those seeking to use terminology that conveys a positive message about adoption:

Classic Articles from the Adoptive Families website.

“Positive Adoption Language” from Adoptive Families.

Excerpt: “The way we talk—and the words we choose—say a lot about what we think and value. When we use positive adoption language, we say that adoption is a way to build a family just as birth is. Both are important, but one is not more important than the other.”

"Positive Adoption Language" from the LDS Family Services website.

Excerpt: “The words we use while talking about adoption can send unintended messages. When writing about or discussing adoption, please consider using language from the right-hand column.”

One of the best ways to learn appropriate adoption terminology is to ask a parent of a child who was adopted.

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