Because language is so powerful in shaping perceptions and self-identity, negative language especially matters when it refers to children or when we use it around children. As an adoptive mother of two and a birth mother who placed a child for adoption when I was a teenager, I have a vested interest in how our culture talks about adoption.
Heidi Schlumpf's column is aimed at the Catholic Church officials, but it offers provocative advice for journalists to consider their choice of words when reporting about adoption. Read the column here.
Related: Read JCCF Director Julie Drizin's call for journalists to stop using the phrase "illegitmate children" here.