"We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us." -Pope Francis

Category: Adoption

Positive Adoption Language

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This post is courtesy of a little card put out by a friend Callie Jet & the lovely ladies at Talk About Adoption.  They are birth moms, so they know a thing or two about talking about adoption.  It just seemed really important, so I wanted to share it here.

 

The Do’s and the Don’ts When Referring to a Birth Mother’s Decision of Adoption

 

DO:  Unintended pregnancy / Unplanned pregnancy

DON’T:  Unwanted child / Did not want your baby

 

DO:  Birth Mother / First Mom / Biological parent(s)

DON’T:  Not keeping your baby / Did not keep your baby

 

DO:  Make an adoption plan / Made an adoption plan

DON’T:  Adopt out / Adopted out

 

DO:  Choose adoption / Chose adoption

DON’T:  Get rid of / Give up / Put up / Got rid of / Gave up

 

DO:  Place for adoption / Placed for adoption

DON’T:  Give away / Hand over / Gave away / Handed over

 

Check out talkadoption.org for lots of great info!

P.S.  God is Merciful & He loves you!  Pass it on…

 

What Adoption Taught Me About the Family of God

My parents adopted two children from the foster care system when I was a very young girl. This taught me one very valuable lesson in life: we are all truly brothers and sisters.

I remember it vividly:  I was about 5 years old, and my parents sat down with me on their bed.  They asked me if I would like to become a foster sister.  I was so excited.  I remember seeing a little white brochure about foster families with two intertwined red hearts on the cover.  My life was forever changed.

When I was a little girl, I had a 20 minute seizure and an 18 hour coma.  At one point doctors told my parents there was nothing more they could do.  God answered the fervent prayers of my parents and grandparents and I’m here today, “alive and kickin’” as a favorite professor used to say.  My brother had a similar scary experience related to his asthma as a boy.  I believe we are here today because God had more for us to do on this earth.

So my parents, compelled by their great gratitude for our recoveries, courageously decided to become foster parents.

They went on to Read the rest of this entry »