Here are some helpful dos and don’ts when talking about adoption:
SAY “PLACE FOR ADOPTION” OR “MAKE AN ADOPTION PLAN”
DON’T SAY “GIVE UP FOR ADOPTION”
Why? There’s a negative connotation when you say “give up.” Birth parents DID NOT give up when they lovingly placed their child for adoption.
SAY BIOLOGICAL PARENTS, BIRTH PARENTS, BIRTH MOM, BIRTH DAD
DON’T SAY “REAL PARENTS” OR “REAL MOM OR DAD”
Why? Just because adoptive parents haven’t given birth to a child, doesn’t make them any less of a parent. They are the real deal.