6 Adoption Memes and Why They Might Be Hurtful

When it comes to adoption—a complicated process with lots of big feelings—an internet meme often misses the mark.

Stacey Stark February 27, 2018

Briefly scroll through your social media feed, and you will surely find someone sharing a meme—a photo with a funny or inspiring quotation shared repeatedly via the internet. A meme might be silly, goofy, serious, or thought provoking.

When it comes to adoption—a complicated process with lots of big feelings—an internet meme often misses the mark. I am not quick to take offense (and neither should you), but these are just a few things to keep in mind about how certain quotations or phrases could be hurtful—to adoptees and biological parents in particular.

We all perceive things differently depending on our role in adoption, so rather than being an exhaustive and definitive analysis, I hope this might provide some tools to look at these sentiments from a different perspective.

What are some of your favorite quotations or memes about adoption? Are there any you find particularly cringeworthy, and why?

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Stacey Stark

Stacey lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and is mom to two young kiddos via local, open, domestic infant adoption (did you catch all that?). She works part-time as a nonprofit bookkeeper, and spends the rest of her time going on adventures with her family, reading, and drinking lots of coffee. She is passionate about openness in adoption, and you can connect with her further on Facebook or Instagram.


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