Words Matter: A Primer for Positive Adoption Language

For You From The Word

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21, ESV)

For You To Think About

Words matter. The words you use about adoption can bring life, hope, and healing.

Refer to this primer for positive adoption language to use words to help raise awareness about the benefits and strengths of adoption.

young family of 3Use “make an adoption plan”
Instead of “give up for adoption”

Use “child placed for adoption”
Instead of “unwanted child” or “unwanted pregnancy”

Use “birth parents”
Instead of “real parents”

Use “my child”
Instead of “adopted child”

Use “child with special needs”
Instead of “handicapped child”

Thanks to USA Adoptions for material used in this post.

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
Thank You for the gift of adoption. Help me use words that bring life and hope to birth parents, their children, and adoptive families.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More Devotionals about Adoption Awareness

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