I read articles and posts by both adoptive parents and birth parents about how the media doesn’t understand how adoption works. There is a reason why that happens, and it starts with you. Your words educate them when you write posts, comment on articles, give interviews to the press. Understand how your words are part of the reason you end up upset about how the media gets adoption wrong.
Start being factual from the beginning and then you won’t read headlines and opening statements like this…
Adopted Logan infant returned to biological mother the first paragraph states: “A father fighting for the custody of his recently adopted infant daughter received mixed news Monday, as the child’s adoptive parents gave up custody — but did so by giving the child to her biological mother, who reportedly has signed documents surrendering her parental rights.”
Baby involved in Utah Adoption Dispute returned to biological mother the first line states “The adoptive parents of a newborn child…”
The prospective adoptive parents having temporary custody of the baby after the relinquishment papers are signed, does not equal the adoption has happened, or will happen. Until the judge signs the adoption order and any time requirements the state may have written into the statutes has lapsed – the baby is not adopted, they are not adoptive parents, they just have custody of the baby with the intent to adopt.
Be exact, perhaps then, the media will be correct too.