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The One Thing You Should Never Say In Your Adoption Profile

The One Thing You Should Never Say In Your Adoption Profile

Jessica Butler
Jessica Butler, Raise Magazine.

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 potential birth 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 potential birth moms.

Do you have any advice to share on writing adoption profiles? We’d love to hear from you!

P.S. You can read our full profile here.

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