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Language is powerful. It conveys what we feel. It expresses our thoughts and it relays our opinions. And as language is such a powerful tool we can use, specific types of language can be offensive or hurtful to others. This usually takes place in regards to sensitive topics and subjects. When someone has personal experience with something or it has been an emotional experience, the more they may become offended or hurt. In order to give people the respect they deserve, it is important to be aware of negative and positive adoption language, and use it accordingly.
So, what adoption language is appropriate to use? The problem here is that there isn't one true way to speak that would be inoffensive to everyone. It all depends on that particular person's experience within the adoption triad. What some may find offensive adoption language, others won't. Because it is impossible to know beforehand if what you say will offend the other party, make an effort to find out.
First, if you feel so inclined, ask them. Talk to them about phrases or adoption language that makes them feel uncomfortable or upset, so that you can avoid these terms. Even though you may be nervous to be so blunt when asking, it will show that you respect them enough to find out before you offend. For the most part, they will be happy to tell you which adoption terms they prefer to use. It's all about being empathetic and respectful. If you don't feel comfortable asking, you can wait for them to use adoption-related terms and pick it up from there. They will obviously use terms with which they feel comfortable. Use the terms they use. It can be as simple as that.
As mentioned before, some terms will be offensive to one person and not offensive to others. But, here is a small list of terms that are generally accepted as positive adoption language:
Whichever way you decide to go about using positive adoptive language, stay respectful and empathetic. Adoption can be hard on all members of the adoption triad.