Power of Positive Adoption Language

For You From The Word

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

For You To Think About

2 people talkingThe words we choose when communicating about adoption carry a great deal of weight. If we use positive adoption language, we communicate that adoption is a positive way to build a family. These kinds of words offer support to adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive families. Negative language tears down the adoption process, but even more so the people involved.

Some examples of sensitive language

Take, for instance, the phrases, “place a child for adoption” versus “give up a child for adoption.” Placing a child involves a thoughtful, deliberate process in which the birth parent evaluates all known factors before making an adoption plan.  In our culture, by contrast, to “give up” is to admit defeat.

Likewise, it’s not uncommon to hear the term “real parent” when referring to a child’s birth parent or biological parent. Yet that term invalidates the very special – and very real – role that a birth parent fills.

Positive adoption language can also stop the spread of misconceptions and educate others about adoption. Even more, we show respect for adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive families by using positive adoption language.

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
The tongue can speak life and truth when governed by You. Let me to use positive language to support adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive families. Let the words of my mouth build up others and help them understand adoption in a more complete way.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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