Statistics tell us that pregnant teen are choosing single parenting 50-55%, abortion, 30-35% and adoption is less than 1%.
Isn't this alarming? Just imagine if we could reverse the statistics of abortion and adoption? With 2MM couples waiting to adopt, why is adoption not even on the radar screen?
The reason appears to be that even in well written articles, we continue to frame adoption in outdated and negative language. Even some professionals that deal with teens have an outdated, inaccurate viewpoint of adoption generated by made for TV movies that show anomalies or view adoption as it was in the 1970's. Today we have open, semi open and confidential adoptions. Using negative adoption language contributes to this misrepresentation.
A nonprofit Decisions, Choices and Options, was started to correct these inaccurate views. This copy written curriculum is now being presented in 8 states by 52 trained agencies. Since its inception by Joi Wasill, an educator and mother by adoption in middle TN, this program has presented to over 55, 000 high school students.
The next time you talk or write about adoption, please consider the impact of your language.