In the spirit of National Adoption Month I'm sharing some posts centered on adoption.
Margaret, an internet missionary with Global Media Outreach, adopted a sweet little boy from Russia in the Spring. She shared a great post on what not to say to an adoptive family based on her own experiences. I highly recommend jumping over there and checking it out.
Focus on the Family provide the following recomendations on what to say:
|Accurate Language||Less Accurate Language|
|Birthparent||Real parent, natural parent|
|My child||Adopted child; own child|
|Choosing an adoption plan||Giving away, giving up your child|
|Finding a family to parent your child||Putting your child up for adoption|
|Deciding to parent the child||Keeping your baby|
|Person / Individual who was adopted||Adoptee|
|To parent||To keep|
|Child in need of a family||Adoptable child; available child|
|International or inter-country adoption||Foreign adoption|
|Child who has special needs||Handicapped child, hard to place|
|Child from another country||Foreign child|
|Was adopted||Is adopted|
|Birth relative||Blood relative|
If God hasn't called you to directly serve orphans be sure that you are doing all you can to support those who are called to this ministry.