The One Thing You Should Never Say In Your Adoption Profile
During our adoption process, our case worker shared this important piece of advice about writing profiles:
If you write about your pets, be sure you refer to them as “rescued,” not “adopted.”
I was absolutely guilty of calling our dog Wally “adopted” in the first draft of our profile. Our case worker explained that while many people wouldn’t give the wording a second thought, some expectant families, especially those who are not animal lovers, could find it insulting. Adopting a dog is not the same as adopting a child, and an expectant mother might find it upsetting if you compare her unborn baby to your pet.
It’s such a simple, thoughtful piece of advice that can make a world of difference to expectant moms.
Do you have any advice to share on writing adoption profiles? We’d love to hear from you!
Jessica Butler is the co-founder of "Raise Magazine," stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to "Raise," she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and five-year-old son, Levon.