For the last while I’ve seen some first mom’s refer to the child they placed as their birthchild, one word. I haven’t said anything, not my place, just hope it didn’t come about because their SW said that is how they should refer to them. I also recognise I don’t like the use of birth in adoption terminology because it is reductive to me, so my reaction, may be over-inflated.
Today, an adoptive parent used it in a very reductive way to a first mom. Has the adoption language evolved and I missed it?
Will a child adopted only be a birthchild to their first family? Never just a child in their family?
Do we really need to apply another label? Especially on the child?
Shouldn’t this move to openness and transparency be working on removing titles and labels, and accepting, that adoptees can and do have more than one family they are part of?
Please discuss, I’m listening…