March 31, 2023

Positive Adoption Language for Embryo Adoption

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In previous blog posts, we described “positive adoption language,” which refers to the careful use of language when speaking about adoption.

We recommend careful consideration to the terms used when speaking about embryo adoption.  Embryos are human beings, and they deserve to be spoken of with reverence.

Below we list several terms and a suggested alternate:

Recommended Not recommended
Placing parents Donor parents or genetic parents
Embryos or frozen embryos or remaining embryos Leftover or spare embryos
Babies are born from embryos of all qualities Bad embryos
Embryo adoption Embryo donation
Giving embryos an opportunity at life outside of the freezer Chance at life, saving embryos, rescue embryos

Here are further examples for positive language in the world of adoption.

Positive Language Negative Language
Birthparent Real parent
Biological parent Natural parent
Birth child Own child
My child Adopted child
Terminate parental rights Give up
Make an adoption plan Give away
To parent  To keep
Was adopted Is adopted


Below are two other blog posts on this subject:

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