The words we use to talk about adoption can influence the way others view adoption—to the detriment or betterment of all involved. Because of this, it is important to use language that communicates the dignity of all individuals.
For example, instead of “adoptive parent,” simply use “parent” whenever possible. Another example, instead of using a modifier that points to a child’s condition or need (i.e. “special needs child), use “child.”
This will help in shaping positive, people-first language in and outside of your home.