Positive Adoption Language - Parents.com

Terms to use -- and ones to avoid -- when discussing adoption.

The words we choose say a lot about how we really think. Using positive adoption language (PAL) means choosing words that show respect for birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees. When we use PAL, we say that adoption is a valid way to form a family, just as birth is. Both are important, but one is not better than the other.

Read more