Talking About Adoption
Adoption is an incredible act of love. On one end, adoption creates and completes forever families. It makes mothers and fathers out of caring people who may not have been able to become parents otherwise – families who have struggled with infertility, single parents, LGBT couples. Adoption is also beautiful in that it connects people who may have never known one another and creates incredible, unexpected relationships. If you are an adoptive or birth parent, you may understand this firsthand.
At the same time, adoption also gives women facing an unplanned pregnancy the ability to make loving, thoughtful plans for their babies’ lives. By choosing adoption, a birth mother can give her child a loving family, a safe and stable home, and a future full of opportunity – all things she may not have been able to provide at the time of her pregnancy. Adoption is a sacrifice made with great love and consideration. It is one of the most difficult, but also one of the most selfless, decisions that a mother can make for her child.
If you have been touched by adoption in some way – whether you are an adoptive parent, a birth parent, or an adopted person – you personally understand how positive adoption can be. You may also acknowledge how sensitive and emotional a subject it can be to discuss. Adoption is a loving and positive choice, but it is not always an easy topic to understand or to speak about with other people. So how do you do it?
How do you talk about adoption with people who do not necessarily understand it? How do you portray adoption in a positive light, so that others can do the same?
For adoptive parents, how do you talk about adoption with your child so that they embrace it, and become proud of their adoption story?
Adoptions With Love is a non-profit, private adoption agency. For over 30 years, we have helped birth mothers make loving plans for their babies and families form and grow through adoption. We have taught adoptive parents how to share their child’s adoption story and create positive adoption conversations in their homes. We have helped birth parents, adopted children, and families answer difficult questions about adoption. We can also help you. In this guide, we will show you how to talk about adoption positively and respectfully, with the many different people in your life.