10 Taboo Topics of Adoption

How respectful discussion can heal and educate others.

Terra Cooper December 27, 2014

Each adoption taboo topic in this slideshow can bring up questions, negativity, and differing opinions. This list was compiled by asking adoptive/birth parents what they thought the taboo or awkward topics of adoption were. I fully respect that others have different views on adoption, just as I know each situation and person is unique. With that said, I hope that adoption can be discussed more openly and that these topics don’t have to remain ‘taboo’. The word taboo means to prohibit discussion of a person, thing, or idea due to social customs. I hope that by talking openly about taboo topics that we can open the doors to honest communication.


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“We all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.” – Howard Zinn


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Terra Cooper

Terra Cooper is a Staff Storyteller at Adoption.com. She is a mother of three-- two boys and one girl who was adopted. She is also a professional wedding photographer, a self-proclaimed foodie, and a TV/movie addict. Visit her website.

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