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Positive Adoption Language

Language affects everyone. It is an especially powerful tool in shaping a child's self-concept. Therefore, adoption language should be positive to avoid hurting those persons involved in adoption, especially the children.

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Birth Parent Real Parent
Biological Parent Natural Parent
Birth Child Own Child
My Child Adopted Child
Born to Unmarried Parents Illegitimate
Relinquish Rights Give Away
Terminate Parental Rights Take Away
Waiting Child Available Child
Parent Adoptive Parent
Child Placed for Adoption Unwanted Child
Child with Special Health Care Needs Handicapped Child

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